Ergonomics (Workplace Design)

The productivity and job satisfaction of CWRU faculty and staff depends, in part, on the health and comfort of the work environment. Ergonomics refers to the study of the relationship of people and their work environment. By adapting the workplace to the individual, CWRU employee’s ergonomic health will improve.

The following Ergonomic Workstation Features pictures below have been created to provide guidelines on workstation setup that is conducive to comfort during the day. In addition to facilitating comfort, correct ergonomics at work may decrease risk for repetitive strain injuries and other cumulative trauma issues, all of which affect work productivity and may be costly to treat.

By following these suggestions, individuals working on the computer for significant lengths of time during the day may experience greater comfort and less physical tension. In addition, it is important that each individual takes a few minutes every hour to stand, stretch and walk for maximum comfort. Individual assessments are available. Contact Becca Manning, Safety Services Specialist by email or at 216.368.8872 to set one up.

Learn more from CWRU Environmental Health and Safety.

A man standing at a desk showing the correct angles your body should be at.

The standing ergonomic workstation positions the body to prevent injury and enhance productivity:

  • Ears, shoulders and hips are aligned
  • The top of the computer screen is at eye level or just below (20-28 inches from the person)
  • Wrists are neutral (flat)
  • Elbows are at 90-degree angles

Picture of a women sitting at a desk and with lines and angles showing how your body should be positioned while sitting at your desk.

The seated ergonomic workstation positions the body to prevent injury and enhance productivity:

  • Ears, shoulders and hips are aligned
  • Top of screen at eye level or just below (20-28 inches from the person)
  • Wrists are neutral (flat)
  • Elbows are at 90-degree angles
  • Lumbar (lower back) support is provided
  • Knees are at 90-degree angles
  • Seat has adjustable height