Staff and Faculty Resources


Ergonomics Tips

We want all faculty and staff to know that we have an Ergonomics Task Force on the De Anza campus. Now, you may ask, what is that, and why do I need to know about it?

The term “ergonomics” refers to the relationship between you and the work you do, or tasks you perform. It is important that you and your work environment are well matched.

The purpose of the ETF is to assist you in finding this match. This is accomplished through general trainings and individual worksite evaluations. Through these you learn how to set up your personal workspace in a way that best fits you. Learning correct ergonomic techniques, not only in your work but also in the non-work areas of your busy life, can help avoid long term injuries of the wrist, neck, shoulder or back. Here are some things you can do to improve your work health. Remember, ergonomics is your responsibility!

    Adopt healthy work practices…
  • Readjust sitting posture often.
  • Take micro-breaks (1 to 2 minutes each) away from the computer every 30 minutes.
  • Stretch or exercise your wrists and neck before any long term activity (see below).
    Improve your work environment…
  • Avoid direct or overly bright lighting.
  • Keep frequently used items close at hand to minimize long reaches.
    Think about what you do…
  • How have you been doing it?
  • Is it repetitive?
  • Is it forceful?
  • Is it an awkward position?
  • Can you change it?
    Give your body and hands a break…
  • Stand up and stretch your arms over your head.
  • Rest your eyes by looking into the distance and/or closing them for a few seconds.
  • Turn your head slowly to the left for 5 seconds, and then to the right for 5 seconds. Repeat several times.
  • Rotate your shoulders in a circular motion while keeping your arms down at your sides. Change directions.
  • With your hands in front of you, rotate your wrists so that the fingertips form circles in the air.
  • Clench both fists and hold for 5 seconds. Then spread fingers wide and hold for 5 seconds. Relax and repeat several times.

We invite you to learn more about the Ergonomics Task Force by attending the next quarterly training session, scheduled for Thursday, January 24, 2002, 10:30-12:00, in the Faculty/Staff Computer Lab. Register by calling the Staff Development Office, x5305.

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