Is manually lifting heavy equipment causing awkward movement? Is repeating the same motions for long periods causing discomfort?

There may be a more ergonomic way to work.

Departments and units that want to solve ergonomic issues can apply for a grant through the MHealthy Ergonomics Awareness Program. Those awarded can get up to $5,000 to help purchase equipment or redesign work processes.

Any employee can apply on behalf of their area. Submissions are encouraged to be submitted by Oct. 31.

Ergonomics is the science of fitting the work­place to the worker, often resulting in improved safety, health, productivity and job satisfaction. 

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 work day.
  • 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.

Visit the MHealthy ergonomics website for more information on what projects will, and will not, be considered. Examples of past projects funded are also listed.

To make grant dollars go further and support more university areas, departments and units that receive a grant are encouraged to share in the cost of the project.

The MHealthy Ergonomics Awareness team reviews all applications. Team members include representatives from MHealthy; Environment, Health and Safety in Ann Arbor; Michigan Medicine Safety Management Services; the Department of Environmental Health and Safety in Dearborn; and Environment, Health and Safety in Flint.

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