The Office of Research Services, Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) provides free ergonomic evaluations. The evaluation involves observing the employee performing typical tasks, and then adjusting the work station as needed (such as raising a chair or lowering a keyboard). The goal is to arrange the work station so that the employee achieves a neutral, comfortable working posture. During the work station evaluation, DOHS ergonomics staff may also note the need for different equipment, but the employee’s individual division is responsible for ordering and purchasing any office equipment.
Level of Pain
Description of each level of pain.
Does not affect ability to do any activities. Pain is minor and only during an activity; not after.
Pain persistent enough to alter one's behavior and performance. Residual discomfort after activity completed.
Unable to do normal activities due to pain. Pain persistent during and after activities.
What actions you should take.
Use this website to make sure your workstation is ergonomically correct and you are working in a neutral posture.
Same as minor. Seek ergonomic consultation by contacting (301) 496-3353. If pain persists after changes are made or seek medical treatment.
Seek medical treatment.
The on-site ergonomics training shows employees how to apply ergonomic principles in the office as well as other workplace settings.