Environmental Health and Safety

Ergonomics

Ergonomic Evaluation Request form 

Ergonomic Evaluation

If you would like to have a free ergonomic evaluation of your work space, please fill out this form.

Reed provides employees with free ergonomic evaluations by Safety Northwest upon request. The evaluation takes about 30 minutes and the process starts with an interview. The evaluator will talk with the employee about their concerns, discuss their needs, look at their work tools, and see how they use them.  The evaluator then takes a series of physical measures to determine proper heights, widths, and depths of chairs, as well as work surfaces. A report from the evaluation will be sent to EHS, who will then pass it along to the employee and supervisor.

Purchasing/Replacing Equipment

If you have not gotten an ergonomic evaluation, please read the section above and fill out the linked form before moving forward on equipment purchasing. If the ergonomic evaluator finds that equipment should be replaced or added to the workspace and the employee wants to follow through with these changes, supervisors must provide authorization to proceed with recommended equipment purchases. To authorize recommendations, please contact ergo@reed.edu. If approved, suitable equipment will be provided either from the current campus inventory or purchased from an outside entity. EHS will cover 50% of costs, up to $300, for equipment recommended in an ergonomic evaluation, one time per employee every 5 years. 

Ergonomics while working from home

Check out Ergonomics at home to learn more about setting up your home workspace. If you would like to have a free virtual ergonomic evaluation of your home office, please fill out this form.

Reed provides employees with free ergonomic evaluations by Safety Northwest upon request. With the increase in staff and faculty working from home, Safety NW is offering virtual ergonomic evaluations of home offices. They will provide input and ideas of how to use items you already have at home to help you work safely. The college is allowing employees to take home monitors, mouse/keyboards, and chairs to help with working from home. At this time, we cannot provide funding for purchasing equipment for home offices. However, if what you have at home does not provide enough support for your ergonomic needs, based on the evaluation, please reach out to ergo@reed.edu for assistance and information. Also, check out our Ergonomics at Home page to learn more about ergonomics and what you can do while working from home.

Resources for Ergonomic Workplace Setup

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