October is National Ergonomics Month, which raises awareness of the importance of fitting the workplace to the employee. This can result in improved safety, health, productivity and job satisfaction.
Departments and units that want to solve ergonomic issues can apply for a grant through the MHealthy Ergonomics Awareness Program. Any employee can apply on behalf of their area.
Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to help purchase equipment or redesign work processes. To help support more university areas, departments and units that receive a grant are encouraged to share in the cost of the project.
Applications are encouraged if any of the following apply to an area’s employees:
- Experiencing physical discomfort due to manually lifting, pushing, pulling or transporting equipment, objects or patients.
- Bending over, reaching up or performing awkward, repetitive motion for several hours during the workday.
- Experiencing physical stress or discomfort due to work equipment.
Grants are awarded based on:
- Significance of the ergonomic issue.
- Feasibility of the project.
- Anticipated outcome.
The MHealthy ergonomics website has more information on what projects will, and will not, be considered. Examples of past funded projects are also listed.
The MHealthy Ergonomics Awareness team reviews all applications. The team includes representatives from MHealthy, the Ann Arbor campus’ Environment, Health & Safety, Michigan Medicine Safety Management Services, Environmental Health and Safety at UM-Dearborn, and Environment, Health & Safety at UM-Flint.