Ergonomic Consultation Services at UConn Health

Ergonomics Consultation

The Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine is home to the ErgoCenter, a center of ergonomic research, consulting and outreach established in 1993 by a consortium of academic, business and insurance interests. The ErgoCenter is frequently asked to help employers, labor organizations and others identify and solve ergonomic problems in the workplace. For further information about the services listed below, contact James Gorman Jr. at 860-679-1580 or gorman@uchc.edu.

Work Station and Work Process Consultation

  • Identify and evaluate workplace risk factors for Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)
  • Develop recommendations for equipment and technique changes
  • Redesign/retrofit existing workplaces and work processes to reduce MSD risk
  • Design new/proposed workstations and processes
  • Design return-to-work (RTW) stations for injured employees
  • Workstation simulation/videotaping/retraining
  • Design or evaluate new tools and processes, using sophisticated analysis tools in the Biodynamics Laboratory

Surveillance Services

  • Review records to establish injury rates
  • Survey employees to identify risk factor locations

Company-Specific Ergonomic Programs

  • Create or improve ongoing ergonomic safety teams
  • Develop in-house capacity for continuous ergonomic improvement, including risk evaluation, solution development and training delivery
  • Evaluate intervention effectiveness, adjust interventions

Sustainability

Sustainability of ergonomic changes and programs is crucial. The Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and CPH-NEW provide guidance in enhancing factors that improve sustainability:

  • Continuous attention to workplace ergonomics
  • Participation from all levels in the organization
  • Management commitment of resources and time
  • Comprehensive ergonomic programs that address physical, psychosocial, and work organization risk factors
  • Consistent communication about interventions and successes
  • Consistent solicitation of ideas from all levels in the organization
  • Integration of ergonomics with work site health promotion