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Office Ergonomics Program

Ryerson University’s comprehensive ergonomics program offers faculty, staff and students a number of resources in order to best set up your workspace. These resources are designed to ensure that your workstation enables the most efficient, safe and productive environment.

Resources to support workplace ergonomics

By effectively setting up your workspace and being mindful of taking proper breaks, you can contribute to the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD).

Ergonomic workshops

Live classes were held in 2016/17  with Dr. Welsh, a chiropractor from Highpoint Wellness Centre on office ergonomics.  No further sessions are scheduled at this time.

Information sheets

Download and print these resources to keep handy at your desk.

Setting up an ergonomic workstation

  • Check in with your set-up weekly to make sure you’re maintaining good workspace habits.

Stretches you can do at your desk

  • Ideally, you want to take one stretch break at least once every hour.

Office Ergonomics Supplies

If you are interested in purchasing ergonomic supplies for your office such as a keyboard, keyboard tray, mouse, monitor riser, etc., please visit the following links for options.


Grand and Toy



eLearning modules

Specific e-Learning modules are available on Aches, Pains, and Office Strains. The modules teach participants about musculoskeletal disorders, how to adjust your workstation ergonomically and stretches you can do at your workstations.

To access the resources, register for a S2 Learning - University Training account using your Ryerson email and the code “RyersonErgo”.

Instructional videos
Making sure your task chair is set up properly

For most people, a review and readjustment of your current chair settings will address any discomfort caused by sitting. In circumstances when a chair is no longer functioning correctly and cannot be repaired, speak to your manager.

In the event that you require a new chair, employees and their manager are invited to choose from a catalogue of 12 different types of office chairs. Each of these chairs comes in various colours and sizes, and includes a video that shows how to adjust your chair. Additional customized support is also available from the vendor if required.

Task Chairs Information Sheets Booklet


Why do ergonomics matter

While our bodies are designed for movement, in today’s society, people are leading more and more sedentary lifestyles. This has a serious negative impact on our health. Numerous studies on the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle have even led physicians to refer to sitting as the new smoking. Prolonged sitting can lead to serious injuries, called a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD).

What are MSDs?

MSDs are injuries or disorders of the nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints and cartilage in the neck, back, lower and upper limbs. When these injuries result from work, they are referred to as “work-related” MSDs. Currently they represent the number one type of lost-time work injury reported to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) in Ontario.

What are the signs and symptoms of an MSD?

The signs and symptoms associated with MSDs may come on gradually, seemingly without a cause or can appear to occur with a simple daily activity. Symptoms include:

  • headaches
  • neck pain
  • back pain
  • tension in your wrists, arms, shoulders, neck and head
  • fatigue
  • stiffness
  • numbness/tingling in your hands or feet

If you are currently experiencing any of the signs and symptoms of an MSD, seek the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner such as a chiropractor or physiotherapist.

For more information

For information or to provide feedback on the Office Ergonomics Program, please contact Geeta Sharma, associate director, Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management, at 416-979-5000, ext. 3079 or

If an employee is under the care of a medical practitioner and workplace accommodations are required, please contact Workplace Wellbeing Services.

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