MHealthy is accepting nominations for its eighth annual Ergonomics Awards, given to university units and employees that have implemented ergonomic solutions in the workplace.

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

Nominations are accepted in two categories:  Department Level Ergo Awards and Individual Ergo Hero Awards. Applications for department awards can be submitted through March 31. Individual employee award nominations are accepted year-round. Any employee can nominate a department, unit or university regular faculty or staff member for an award.

“We want to recognize ergonomic improvements large and small,” says Suzanne Bade, MHealthy Ergonomics program chair and senior ergonomics consultant. “Solutions include employees acknowledged for working safely, supervisory support of employee needs, or a department improving work processes or equipment to reduce ergonomic risks. Our goal is to acknowledge those university units and employees that are champions in creating a safer workplace.”

Department Ergo Awards

Department Ergo Awards are held each spring to recognize university units that have independently created a safer, healthier and more efficient work environment by decreasing ergonomic risk factors and reducing or preventing employee discomfort

To qualify, a department or unit must have implemented the ergonomic solution during 2013. Entries will be judged based on the significance of the ergonomic issue and the success of the ergonomic solution.

Winners will be announced in May, and areas earning the top award will receive a special plaque and a celebration sponsored by MHealthy. 

Individual Ergo Hero Award

Nominations can be submitted year-round for an Individual Ergo Hero Award. This award recognizes any faculty and staff member who is independently reducing their chance of discomfort or other ergonomic risks by using recommended postures, work strategies or equipment.  It also recognizes managers, supervisors and other university leaders who support staff by applying ergonomic solutions in the workplace.

“Individual award nominations are encouraged year-round. It’s important to recognize faculty, staff, supervisors and managers for practicing safe behaviors or helping others to stay safe in the workplace,” says Bade. “The application only takes five minutes to complete and all appropriate nominees are recognized with an Ergo Hero lapel pin and a congratulatory certificate.”