Office Ergonomics

Highly repetitive motions associated with keyboard use can lead to disabling injuries if the workstation is not appropriately adjusted for the employee. As a result, AFSCME, the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, U Return, Purchasing, and Risk Management & Insurance are working together to reduce the likelihood of such injury among University of Minnesota employees.

Considerable progress has been made in modifying workstations in several departments to provide the appropriate setting for employees who spend much of their work day at the keyboard. The goal of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety is to help departments to evaluate and modify their physical work locations. The Department of Risk Management & Insurance has been able to provide some financial assistance to departments to share the cost of acquiring new equipment when it is necessary.

Free Workstation Self-Assessment and Evaluation

Complete the office ergonomics "self-assessment tool" to self-correct ergonomic problems. The self-assessment tool contains contact information if additional assistance is needed to properly setup a workstation.

  • Allow 4 weeks to schedule an evaluation
  • Access to this site requires a University of Minnesota x.500 ID and Password
  • Upon completion of this assessment, University employees will have a record of its completion placed into their ULearn Training Records
  • People outside the University may complete the assessment using the "self-evaluation PDF"
  • A personal evaluation is required for sit-stand workstation as this is not covered in the training

University staff are available to provide training sessions for employees and are particularly interested in offering training to supervisors who have day-to-day responsibility for potentially affected employees. Call (612) 626-6002 to setup training.

To Purchase Chairs and Other Equipment

University of Minnesota discounts are available through the vendors featured on this site. Please contact vendors directly to purchase chairs or any of the other products listed; you'll find their contact information under each product description. 

View Chairs and Workstations

The ergonomic showroom is now open in the basement of Boynton Health Service in Room W-37 with staff available to offer individual ergonomic assistance. 
Showroom hours: Thursdays from 10:00 am - noon 
Please call 612-626-6002 for an appointment at other times.

Injury/Illness While at Work

Request an incident report from your supervisor. For further information visit the Workers Compensation Policy webpage.

Illness/Injury Not Related to Work

Call Disability Resource Center at (612) 6261333 or email drc@umn.edu.

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP)  provides confidential professional consultation and referral services to address any personal or work concern that may be affecting your well-being. Civil Service & Bargaining Unit staff, call (612) 626-0253. Faculty & Academic Staff Assitance Program, call (612) 625-4073.