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Ergonomics - Programs

The Safety, Health, and Environmental Protection Branch (SHEPB) provides a complete safety and health program for APHIS employees to minimize the risk of exposures to potential hazards found within their working environment. The SHEPB administers the APHIS Ergonomics Program, which serves as a proactive program in helping to “fit the job to the employee,” thereby reducing work-related injuries and illnesses within APHIS. Proper “fits” increase worker productivity and quality of work life overall.

The APHIS Ergonomics Program uses a comprehensive and participative approach to inform employees of possible ergonomic hazards to which they may be exposed during the course of duty. The APHIS Ergonomics Program focuses on employees whose primary work-related tasks involve repetitive motions, awkward postures, high repetition, and forceful exertions. At APHIS, these types of job tasks are normally executed by employees performing computer, laboratory, animal handling, driving, and heavy lifting activities. Thus, the APHIS Ergonomics Program is available to all APHIS employees.

Check out the following APHIS Ergonomics Programs to assist you in meeting your ergonomic needs:

Driving Ergonomics

Guidelines are provided that focus on how to drive in a way that maximizes the natural ability of the body to move and respond to physical stress to decrease the risk for work-related musculoskeletal discomfort/disorders. 

Industrial & Field Ergonomics

Principles of body mechanics and postures are provided for working in neutral posture and using safe lifting techniques to prevent and or minimize the risk for back injuries and other work-related musculoskeletal discomfort/disorders. 

Laboratory Ergonomics

Tips are provided to minimize awkward body postures and repetitive motions when performing laboratory tasks to decrease the risk for work-related musculoskeletal discomfort/disorders. 

Office Ergonomics

Information is provided on how to ensure workstation elements (e.g., chair, keyboard, mouse, monitor, & other frequently used items) are properly positioned to decrease the risk for work-related musculoskeletal discomfort/disorders.

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