Ergonomics is the process of designing or arranging workspaces, products, or systems so that they physically fit the people that use them. Ergonomics play an important role in the safety and well-being of employees. Proper ergonomic set-up and the design of workspaces can help minimize the risk of a wide range of injuries or discomfort.

Many potential injuries can be avoided by making a few simple changes to the set-up of a workspace. The VIU Ergonomics program includes responsibilities, risk assessment, mitigation, controls and resources to assist employees to reduce workplace musculoskeletal injuries. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort when working at your workstation, please use the Safety Portal to report your concern. 


Workstation Ergonomics

  • Office Ergonomics Self-Assessment Tool: The Office Ergonomics Self-Assessment Tool will help you identify and resolve potential office ergonomic issues. Learn how to adjust and position your equipment to fit you better. Take the time to make any necessary modifications as you work your way through the assessment.
  • View this MoveSafe webinar (password: MoveSafe) to learn tactics on how to set up a home office as well as movements that help to keep your body healthy.
  • MoveSafe Home Office Worker Guide: This document provides everything you need to know about preparing and maintaining proper posture, imparting movement into your workday, preparing your work area, adapting available home furnishings to create an ergonomically friendly home office, and learning how to sit and hold a mouse properly. 

Office Chairs

When setting up your work station it is important to understand all the functions of your office chair. Click on the link below, find your office chair and watch the video demonstration.