Ergonomics is the design of the working environment, to ensure the best use of an individual’s capabilities, comfort and reduce the risk of injury. Many workers at Western Sydney University perform desk based duties as part of their normal work routine. Working at a computer for long periods of time, using awkward postures or completing the same task or action repetitively over long periods of time are risk factors that can lead to the development of a musculoskeletal injury or disorder.

Basic principles for ergonomics are provided here to:

  • raise awareness of the risk factors that can impact the ability to perform tasks and duties safely and successfully
  • assist in reducing the risk of musculoskeletal disorders
  • ensure comfort in the workplace through the appropriate workstation set-up and the use of prevention strategies such as stretches and posture variation
  • provide information to allow Western Sydney University workers to assess and adjust their own workstations, equipment and work tasks to minimise their own risk of injury.