Ergonomic Policy

Applicable to all Walla Walla University employees, including faculty, staff and students who encounter ergonomic risk factors during the course of their daily work activities. (Voted by President's Cabinet.)


  • Provide a safe working environment for all faculty, staff and students.
  • Optimize employee health and safety by preventing musculoskeletal disorders caused by exposure to risk factors.
  • Ensure early intervention once a musculoskeletal injury has been reported.
  • Enhance employee morale, productivity and comfort in the workplace.

This policy does not include injuries caused by slips, trips, falls, vehicle accidents or other similar accidents.


This policy covers musculoskeletal disorders of the back, upper and lower extremities and includes back injuries, cumulative trauma disorders, repetitive strain disorders, etc. It applies to all Walla Walla University jobs that require more than four (4) hours per day of the following:

  • Repetitive hand, arm or shoulder motions,
  • Fixed or awkward position (working with wrists bent, kneeling, twisted or bent back, overhead work, stooping),
  • Poor sitting/standing posture,
  • Excessive reaching,
  • Use of vibrating or impact equipment,
  • Manual handling of 25 pounds or more,
  • Use of excessive force,
  • Contact stress (resting wrist/forearm against a sharp edge),
  • Improper workstation or chair adjustments.


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