Ergonomics is the science of fitting the task to the worker or making a job the most comfortable for the individual performing it in order to reduce the risk of developing a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD). MSDs are conditions that can develop over time, causing pain or injury to muscles, nerves, tendons, and joints.

You can become ergonomic conscious and reduce your chance of developing MSDs by knowing the risk factors:

  • Repetition
  • Static or awkward postures or positions: the same position being held for a long period of time
  • Stress or pressure on a joint
  • Force

Neutral posture is a comfortable body position in which your joints are aligned. Working with a neutral body posture reduces muscle strain and stress.

NSHE Ergonomics Policy

Ergonomics Basics

Risk Management & Safety provides a wide array of information on creating an ergonomically-friendly work environment.

Workstation Assessments

Workstation Self-Assessment

Use the Self Assessment form (which can be obtained by contacting Michele Washington at or 702-895-5404) to see if your workstation is set up properly. Once completed, please send the assessment to or fax 702-895-5227.

If you are working from home, please request a copy of the Tips for Working at home from Michele Washington at or (702) 895-5404, as a reference.

Request A Workstation Assessment

If you require a workstation assessment, please send a request to The request must be approved by your supervisor. Any purchase recommendations are at your department's discretion.

Ergonomic Equipment Purchases

Risk Management and Safety has a selection of demo chairs available for employees to try out before purchasing. Please contact RMS for more information, 702-895-5404.

Ergonomic Equipment Purchases