Ergonomics

Last Updated: August 13, 2021

Workers who spend the majority of their time in a seated or standing position may develop musculoskeletal injuries over time. EHS has developed a number of resources related to office ergonomics, including guidance on proper workstation setup.

University of Toronto employees may request EHS for an in-person* or virtual ergonomic assessment of their computer workstation. During the assessment, EHS will conduct an evaluation of the employee’s workstation and make recommendations for adjustments to positioning or new office furniture where necessary.

*Note: In-person ergonomic assessments are temporarily unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Procedures for an Office Ergonomic Assessment

  1. Log into My EHS Training with your UTORid and password and register for the EHS536 Office Ergonomics Course (Online). Once registered, individuals will receive instructions on how to access the course on Quercus.
  2. View the online training presentation in Quercus and successfully complete the quiz.
  3. Complete the Recommendations for Resolving Office Ergonomics Concerns form including the Self-Assessment Checklist (Appendix I).
  4. Implement the changes to your workstation per the online training and self-assessment. Speak to your supervisor if new equipment is required.

    Note: The purchase of basic office furniture (e.g. keyboard tray, office chair) or replacement of broken furniture does not require an EHS assessment.
  5. If ergonomic issues continue to persist after a few weeks, please contact EHS for additional assistance and to arrange for an ergonomic assessment.


    Note: EHS does not provide recommendations for acquiring sit-stand workstations or other specialized ergonomic equipment.

    If your medical condition interferes with your ability to do your job, contact Health & Well-Being to discuss the possibility of a workplace accommodation. Specialized ergonomic equipment may be provided to employees who have ongoing restrictions and limitations due to documented conditions.


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Work from Home (Telecommuting) Resources

After a flexible work arrangement has been approved by your supervisor, employees can use the following checklist to ensure their home office is set up correctly.


Office Chair Suppliers (Examples Used by Some UofT Departments)


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