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Ergonomics can roughly be defined as the study of people in their working environment. More specifically, an eronomist designs or modifies the workspace to fit the worker, not the other way around. The goal of workplace ergonomics is to design a work environment that is safer and more efficient for employee needs. The cohesive work of the Ergo Team and the user(s) shall result in reduced physical distress, increased efficiency, and increased productivity.

Ergonomics Assessments

Examples of circumstances that warrant consideration for assessment include, but are not limited to, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic back pain, arthritis, etc. The assessment process may also evaluate configurations and modifications to a workspace for users.

Despite the similarities, please keep in mind that Ergonomic Assessments are different from ADA accommodations. ADA requests must first be approved by HR. Please contact Alisol Martinez for more information: alisol.martinez@austincc.edu.

Ergonomics Request Process

Ergonomic assessments are handled by Campus Operations ergonomics specialists and may be requested through the following process.

  1. Fill out the Ergonomic Request Form.
  2. A specialist will be assigned and will reach out to get additional information by phone, email, and/or virtual meeting to create a case file.
    1. If the information provided is not complete and/or does not provide sufficient information, the specialist or HR will request additional information and/or reach out to the employee’s licensed health care provider to ask clarifying questions.
    2. Follow-up steps include but are not limited to:
      1. Pre-assessment
      2. Computer Work Station Pre-assessment
      3. ACC LinkedIn Learning Course: Ergonomics 101 Completion Certificate.
  3. A determination will be made by the ergo specialist after visiting an assessing the workspace. The specialist will write a report that details the recommended items that need to be provided. Recommendations can include furniture (office chairs, desks, etc.) and equipment keyboard trays, vertical mouse, etc.).
  4. If the individual department does not already own the recommended items and/or the items are not available through Campus Operations, the department should move forward with purchasing the recommended items.

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