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Ergonomics is the science of fitting the job to the worker and NOT by fitting the worker to the job. Ergonomics and human factors are often used interchangeably in workplaces. Both describe the interaction between the worker and the job demands. The difference between them is that ergonomics focuses on how work affects a worker, while human factors emphasize the designs that reduce the potential for human error.

Ergonomic hazards refer to workplace conditions that pose the risk of injury to the musculoskeletal system of the worker.  Examples of ergonomic hazards include repetitive and forceful movements, vibration, temperature extremes and awkward postures that arise from improper work methods and improperly designed workstations, tools and equipment.

Ergonomics is therefore aimed at developing and applying knowledge and techniques to reduce workplace hazards and enhance the body's performance. This is achieved by focusing on designing workstations, tools and tasks with an eye toward safety, efficiency and comfort.  Effective ergonomic design promotes comfort, reduces workplace injuries and increases job satisfaction and productivity.     

For an Ergonomic Assessment of your workstation and/or task, please contact the Safety, Health and Environment Officer at 204.488.1767 Ext.1292

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