CBC Ergonomics Program
Columbia Basin College (CBC) cares about the health and well-being of its employees. Workplace ergonomics is of increasing importance to employee health and safety. The purpose of the Ergonomics program is to identify risk factors in workstation design, provide a program for evaluating and assessing workstations, control any risk associated with workstation set-up and operation, and to promote and protect employee health through ergonomically-sound practices.
The Ergonomics program is available to all faculty, administrative/exempt and classified staff with an assigned workstation, or other employees who may need temporary ergonomic adjustments to perform their work. The Human Resources (HR) ES&H Consultant, along with other trained staff, will provide assessment, consultation, and assistance in determining appropriate solutions that best meet employee ergonomic needs.
Ergonomics: The study of the relationship between people, their work, and their physical work environment. While the Ergonomics program’s focus is on workstation and other ergonomic needs, some ergonomic assessments may be requested for work design.
Ergonomic Stressors: Poor workstation design can present ergonomic risk factors called stressors. These stressors may include:
Ergonomic Occupational Risk Factors: Characteristics of a work situation that may contribute to a musculoskeletal disorder. These risk factors may be characteristics of the workplace, tasks, or individual work practices.
Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD): An injury or illness of the soft tissues of the upper extremity, shoulders and neck, lower back, and lower extremity that is primarily caused or exacerbated by workplace risk factors such as sustained and repeated exertions or awkward postures and manipulations. (Examples include: tendonitis, epicondylitis, rotator cuff syndrome, low-back pain.)
Repetitive Motion Injury (RMI): Also known as repetitive stress injuries, an RMI is a type of stress injury that results from repetitive motions such as frequent bending or sustained awkward positioning performed over extended periods of time without allowing for sufficient rest.
Ergonomic Hazards: Where hazardous ergonomic conditions are present, intervention may be necessary to prevent a MSD and/or RMI. Such conditions can be identified by an assessment of ergonomic occupational risk factors and reports of signs and symptoms.
Specific Program Components
Ergonomics Training and Education:
Additional training, tips, and activities may be provided by CBC’s Environmental Safety and Health Committee.
Workstation Ergonomic Evaluation:
The HR ES&H Consultant may also assist with providing ergonomic equipment samples for employee use. If you are interested in learning more about avaliable equipment for employees to sample, please contact Michelle Stewart the HR ES&H Consultant at ext. 2299.
Other Resources: Ergonomic Self-Help - Workstation Adjustment Tips
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