What is Ergonomics?

Ergonomics is the study of the workplace. Its purpose is to study people in their work environment and make determinations of whether the worker is using his/her work space in the most efficient manner and without risk of injury. The Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Department is available to assist with a wide variety of ergonomic concerns including office, laboratory, material handling, and training.

Injuries that can be attributed to poor ergonomic setup often start with minor pain and discomfort, but may have the potential to become more serious.  Early ergonomic intervention can reduce the potential risk of injury. Some early warnings of potential injury associated with improper work space setup are:

  • Headache
  • Eye Strain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Arm Pain
  • Wrist Pain
  • Numbing of the Hands and Fingers
  • Leg Discomfort

MSU Ergonomic Program

Montclair State University's Ergonomic Program was created to provide the means for university employees to be educated on the effects of ergonomics in their work space and, if necessary, be evaluated to identify any risk factors that are leading or could lead to injuries.


To request an ergonomic evaluation, please submit an Ergonomic Evaluation Request Form to

NOTE: Before submitting an ergonomic evaluation request please read the ergonomic guidelines in their entirety. The work station and task recommendations should be implemented and followed for at least 2 weeks before submitting an Ergonomic Evaluation Request Form. If discomfort persists after the 2 week period, please submit your form to


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