Environmental Health and Safety


Ergonomics is a way of designing workstations to accommodate the capabilities of workers. Ergonomic design reduces risk factors known to contribute to occupational ergonomic injuries and illnesses, such as sprains and strains and cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs). If work is performed in awkward postures or with excessive effort, fatigue and discomfort may result. Under these conditions muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels can be damaged. Injuries of this type are known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The EHS department provides the information and tools necessary to prevent occupational trauma.

For more information about ergonomics contact ergo@reed.edu.

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EHS office
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April Sams
Environmental Health & Safety Director

Cathy H. Young
Environmental Health & Safety Assistant Director