Ergonomics and Human Factors
What is ergonomics?
Ergonomics is understanding the interaction between people and other elements of a system. It is about applying human sciences to design and evaluate work systems, processes, environments, tasks, jobs and equipment that match human capabilities and limitations. The aim of ergonomics is to optimise comfort, wellbeing and productivity and minimise risk of physical and psychological injury.
What ergonomic services are available at UoM?
- Specialist advice related to designing safe, functional, workspaces, environments and fit outs to accommodate human variation and diversity.
- Assistance with conducting risk assessments of tasks, work systems and environments particularly related to heavy manual handling.
- Review of usability of products, equipment, systems and processes measured against standards and industry benchmarks.
- Assessment of individuals with complex musculoskeletal disorders or health conditions and identification of strategies to maximise capacity.
- Design and delivery of task-specific injury prevention training packages in line with relevant regulatory requirements and industry standards.
How can I access ergonomics services?
- Ergonomics services can be accessed by submitting a ticket through ServiceNow
- This service is available to all staff at the University of Melbourne.
Understanding the workstation self-assessment form and how to escalate when further assistance is required.
The Office Ergonomics in TrainMe provides guidance on setting up your workstation correctly
A number of alternative workstations are currently commercially available. The primary benefit of a sit stand workstation is the opportunity for postural variation and movement.
Working from Home or Remotely
The University of Melbourne supports flexible work arrangements for its staff.
General advice directed at maximizing postural comfort at work during pregnancy
Strategies to reduce Sedentary Behaviour
Spending too much of your day sitting at work, sitting whilst commuting and generally engaging in a sedentary lifestyle increases your risk of developing a range of health issues.
Injury Prevention Strategies
Prevention should be the primary focus of all Health & Safety programs. Job design, work practices, rest breaks, health and fitness all relate to injury prevention.
Computer workstation self-assessment
Planned working from home self-assessment checklist
Unplanned working from home self assessment checklist
Workstation assessment and report (for use by the Health & Safety Specialist Services team only)
Health & Safety: Hot tips for hot desking
Health & Safety: Ten tips for working at home
- Safety Bulletin 2019/06: Mobile devices and walking
- Safety Bulletin 2018/03: Sit stand workstation
- Safety Bulletin 2017/05: Sit/Stand desktop units
Requirements and Processes
Health & Safety: Ergonomic requirements
Health & Safety - Work from home
Health and Safety Policy (MPF1205)
Flexible Work Arrangements Procedure (MPF1155) - See section 3: Home based work for professional staff