An Ergonomic Work Station

Ergonomics is the science of fitting equipment to people to increase efficiency and reduce the risk of injury. Ergonomics is used to prevent discomfort and injury associated with repetitive motions, unchanging and/or poor postures, and forceful motions or grips on objects.

Ergonomic assessments and training are designed to analyze and evaluate an employee’s workspace, equipment, body mechanics, posture, and work flow to promote a more efficient and productive worker. Employees are encouraged to perform self-assessments of their work space using the tools below.

Stretch Break Software

Stretch Break is an ergonomic software program that helps prevent computer related injuries by gently reminding you to take periodic breaks while using your computer. University employees can now download the Stretch Break software program. Stretch Break is compatible with Windows operating systems only.

  • To get started, click the “Stretch Break Software” button below.

  • You will be prompted to create an IT help desk ticket using your SJSU email address and password.

  • Within 48 hours of completing the IT help desk ticket, you will receive an email including the software download link. A request will automatically be sent to your local IT rep for installation assistance.

 Stretch Break Button

Computer Workstation Ergonomics - Online Training Course

Employees that spend 2+ hours a day at a computer workstation are highly encouraged to complete the CSU Computer Ergonomics Training available through Skillport.

To access this training:

  • Login using your SJSUOne account.

  • Locate the Ergonomics training course on the lower right corner of the welcome page and click “Launch” to begin. 

Ergonomic Evaluation

  • Familiarize and adjust your workstation and posture using this Ergonomics for the Computer Workstation (pdf) illustration. Pay attention to your chair, body posture, keyboard, mouse, and monitor placement. Determine if adjustments can be made or if any additional accessories are needed.
  • After you have familiarized yourself with the above illustration, further evaluate your workstation and postures using the US Department of Labor - Computer Workstation eTool Evaluation. If you answered "No" to any of the questions on the checklist, review the applicable section of the eTool for assistance.  
  • Contact the HR Ergonomic program coordinator at 924-2155 if you have any questions about workstation adjustments, equipment recommendations, or to request an ergonomic evaluation.

Additional Ergonomics Resources