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. It can be installed on the work computers of SJSU employees with the help of the ITS team. The Stretch Break license also permits at home use and 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 Helpdesk ticket using your SJSU email address and password.
- Your ticket will be routed to your local IT representative, and within 48 hours, your local IT representative will perform a remote installation or contact you to schedule an office visit to perform the installation. You will also receive an email that provides instructions for the home computer installation process.
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:
Visit the SJSU Skillport Portal.
Login using your SJSUOne account.
Locate the Ergonomics training course on the lower right corner of the welcome page and click “Launch” to begin.
- 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