Environmental Health Services
141 General Services Building
1251 MASON ST.
Ft. Collins, CO 80523-6021
Ph: 970-491-6745
Fax: 970-491-4804
email: EHS@ColoState.edu




Ergonomics Program


The Ergonomics program is a division of Environmental Health Services at Colorado State University.

Our goal is to prevent the pain and suffering associated with ergonomic-related injures. This is done through evaluations of workstations and work practices, and implementation of ergonomic control strategies. computerdance

What is Ergonomics?

Ergonomics is the study of work. It is a science that studies people’s physical and mental capacities and limitations, including issues of mobility and work-related stress.

Ergonomics is the science of fitting the job to the worker and has proven important in preventing the types of musculoskeletal injuries that contribute to increasing workplace related disability claims. Ergonomic implementation works to prevent injuries rather than treat them. A complete ergonomics program includes the education about risk factors and causes of injuries, and encourages good habits in posture, body mechanics and exercise at work, at home and at leisure.

Goals of Ergonomics

  • Promote Physical Comfort
  • Promote Productivity and Efficiency
  • Reducing Risk Factors for Injury, Stress, and Fatigue

Workstation setup, guidelines, posture examples & pictures:

CSU EHS Ideal computer workstation setup:

  1. Ideal computer workstation setup
    (neutral posture) examples

Workstation setup guide:

  1. Setup
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Source:IBM Computing


Your chair is the most used piece of equipment in your office and should be comfortable. The feel of your chair depends on the design of the chair and how well it has been adjusted to fit your size and shape.


Your keyboard and mouse should both be at about elbow height, allowing your wrists to be straighter and your shoulders more relaxed.

Computer Monitor:

The top of your computer monitor should be placed at or slightly below seated eye level to reduce neck strain and improve overall posture. Repeatedly tilting your head up, down, or to the side to look at the monitor can contribute to neck strain and stiffness, back discomfort, and other aches from awkward posture. Your monitor should be an arm's distance away.

Copy Holder:

Your copy holder should be positioned at eye level close to your monitor to minimize neck and eye strain. It can also be positioned below the monitor and above the keyboard, which is particularly beneficial for bifocal wearers and non-touch typists

Wrist Rests:

It is critical to use a wrist rest to reduce pressure and improve wrist posture and comfort. When your wrists are in contact with a hard surface such as a desk it can cut off blood circulation and lead to injury.”


Learn to adjust and use all of the furniture and equipment features at your workstation to improve your comfort level. If you have done everything you can and still are not comfortable, ASK FOR HELP!

OSHA’s Ergonomics Page:

  1. OSHA’s Ergonomics Page

Ergonomic Equipment Matching Funds Program

Ergonomic Equipment Matching Funds Program

The ergonomic matching funds program exists to offer access to The Colorado State University (CSU) Risk Management and Insurance Department Ergonomics Program potentail funding of up to $500 dollars per employee in matching funds (50% of total equipment cost) to modify existing office computer workstations to provide departments a cost-effective method of injury protection.

Employees and their department must meet several criteria as part of the program such as completion of an office ergonomic evaluation, attenadance at an office ergonomics training session and completion of the matching funcs application.

Much of the matching funds process is automated and individual employees are required to check their respe tive "Dashboard" online to ensure each step in the process has been completed. The matching funds dashboard provides you with access to review and track each step in the process, due dates and additional information.

Click the below links to access the matching funds dashboard and the procedure which further details what is required to be eligible.

  1. Matching Funds Dashboard

  2. Matching Funds Program - Office Ergonomics Procedure PDF

Ergonomic Furniture Specifications

Stretches and Exercises

Stretch for Fun!!

Stretching brings nutrients to your muscles and relieves tension. It increases the feeling of well-being and improves flexibility. When possible, take breaks from the computer and stretch whatever area feels tight. When you stretch, make sure you stretch slowly without bouncing, and gradually increase the stretch to your tolerance. Improved muscle resiliency, coordination and power as well as higher energy levels are all benefits of stretching.

We know that stretching even on an airplane or at your work desk promotes circulation, reducing stress, and repetitive movement injuries.

FIVE to TEN minutes is all it takes to stretch.

List of Stretches and Info for You:

  1. Shoulders
  2. Back
  3. Neck
  4. Hands
  5. Wrists
  6. Basic Stretch
  7. Resistance Training
  8. Yoga at Your Desk
  9. BMI Calculator

Stretching handouts:

  1. Desk Stretches
  2. On the Job
  3. Online Stretches
  4. Copy Machine Stretches
  5. Stressed-Out Stretches

Upper extremity – Injury & Injury Prevention Exercises

  1. Carpal Tunnel Prevention Exercises
  2. De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis Exercises
  3. Epicondylitis Prevention Exercises
  4. Rotator Cuff Strengthening Exercises
  5. Wrist Tendonitis Exercises

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Ergonomics Newsletter:

  1. Ergo Newsletter Volume 1 (PDF)

Common Keyboard Shortcuts

Common Keyboard Shortcuts:

Keyboard Shortcuts pdf

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