Set up your workspace to optimize your wellbeing
Ergonomics play an important role in our safety and well-being.
Fortunately, many potential injuries can be avoided by making a few simple changes to the set-up of our workspaces and bringing awareness to the repetitive movements we perform as part of our daily work.
Health, Safety and Environment offers a range of services to promote optimal working postures and reduce workplace musculoskeletal injuries. These services include providing advice on ergonomic best practices, recommending adjustments to furniture and equipment, and completing ergonomic consultations and assessments as necessary.
The following resources are available to assist you in setting up your work station and optimize wellbeing:
- Home Office Set-Up Guide: Creating a home office.
- Home Office Ergo Webinar: Optimize your home office.
- Ergo Your Posture: A series of postural exercises.
- Fitting in Movement: A few quick and easy strategies.
To access more of UBC’s Ergonomics resources, please visit the UBC Vancouver Ergonomics website.
UBC Okanagan’s ergonomics program is available to faculty and staff for either an in-person or virtual assessment that can help improve your comfort and reduce your risk of musculoskeletal injury while working.
To request an ergonomics assessment, complete an ergonomics assessment request form. You will also need to provide a picture of:
- Your full workstation
- You seated at your workstation in your stationary position; and
- Any areas of physical concern (e.g., keyboard location, mouse, screen position).
Prior to requesting an assessment, we encourage you to review our DIY resources and home office ergo webinar.
After the assessment is completed, a report will be sent to both you and your manager for discussion.