Environmental, Health and Safety Services

Ergonomics Introduction

Purpose

To provide policies and procedures for the protection of Virginia Tech employees from ergonomic risk factors. To establish a university ergonomics program which provides Virginia Tech employees with the following services:

  • Detection, correction, and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders by anticipating, identifying, and reducing ergonomic risk factors ,
  • Promotion of awareness of ergonomic risk factors and proper reporting of signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders,
  • Coordination and promotion of ergonomics technology applications.

Scope

The Workplace Ergonomics Program involves all Virginia Tech employees whose job duties expose them to ergonomic risk factors. It is designed to systematically coordinate the efforts of Virginia Tech supervisors (including Deans, Directors, and Department heads), employees, and EHS and other Virginia Tech entities to prevent occupational musculoskeletal disorders.

Application

The primary tools that Environmental, Health and Safety Services (EHS) employs to administer the Workplace Ergonomics Program for Virginia Tech employees include:

  • Training supervisors (including Deans, Directors, and Department heads) and employees in the awareness of and proper reporting of ergonomic risk factors and early reporting of signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Review of Incident and Workers' Compensation records,
  • Conducting workplace ergonomic risk assessments based on anticipated or reported ergonomics issues,
  • Consulting on engineering and administrative ergonomic hazard reduction and control,
  • Educating about the potential effects of ergonomic risk exposures,
  • Communicating with supervisors and employees on ergonomics solution alternatives.