UBC - Application deadline February 18th, 2019
Ergonomics Co-op Position:
Assist with delivery of a University-wide Ergonomics Program in accordance with regulatory requirements in order to reduce the number and severity of musculoskeletal injuries. UBC's ergonomics program has a unique blend of both office and non-office based work.
Under the guidance of the Ergonomics Program Lead, the Co-op Student will work with departments to assist them in identifying musculoskeletal injury (MSI) hazards/risks and developing solutions to eliminate/minimize those risks.
Over the course of the work-term, the Co-op Student will have the opportunity to work with injured staff members, assess their workstations and provide recommendations to Managers and Directors. This position is part of the Workplace Health Services Team in Human Resources. The Co-op Student will have the opportunity to work both independently and in collaboration with Return to Work Advisors to support UBC employees who may have medical restrictions and limitations. Additionally, the Co-op student will oversee the Ergo Loaner Program, an equipment library of over 50 ergonomic keyboards, mice, sit-stand platforms, etc.
Reports to the Ergonomics Program Lead, Workplace Health Services in the Human Resources department.
- Office Assessments. The Co-op Student will meet with staff directly, conduct individual and/or group computer workstation evaluations, develop recommendations, meet with managers/directors to review recommendations and determine feasibility, create written reports
- Ergo Loaner Equipment Program. The Co-op Student will coordinate UBC's library of over 50 ergonomic keyboards, mice, sit-stand platforms, etc., recommend specific equipment for staff to trial, update website and may research new products and meet with vendors
- Presentations. The Co-op Student will regularly present 1 to 3 hour ergonomic workshops to staff and faculty across campus, may edit or develop new workshops
- Return to Work. The Co-op Student will work with Return to Work Advisors to provide ergonomics support on their cases
Projects. The Co-op Student may have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects.
Examples of past projects include: creating shop talk material for custodial and food
service staff, analyzing department specific injury stats, developing visual ergonomics
resources, creating an online resource for our ergo loaner equipment
- Non-Office Assessments. The Co-op Student may have the opportunity to conduct
ergonomic assessments in non-office settings including laboratories, mail processing,
bookstore, food services, animal care, building services, dentistry and child care, etc.
- Job Demands Analysis. The Co-op Student may have the opportunity to conduct job
- Accident/Incident Investigations. The Co-op Student may have the opportunity to
conduct ergonomic accident/incident investigations
- Health Promotions. The Co-op Student may have the opportunity work on health
promotions initiatives such as the Not Myself Campaign, Walkabout, Sports Day and
-Work Environment. The Co-op Student will work within the Workplace Health Services
Team in Human Resources. Our team includes the Ergonomics, Return to Work and
Occupational and Preventive Health programs, in addition to coordinating WorkSafeBC
claims on behalf of the university. The Co-op Student will work independently to schedule
assessments, meetings and report writing. The successful candidate will need strong time
management and prioritization skills.
Works under the direction and supervision of the Ergonomics Program Lead, Workplace Health Services, HR. Mentorship and training in assessment protocols will be provided
Consequences of Error/Judgment
Responsible for ensuring that the design and implementation of the projects undertaken by the
Ergonomics Program at the University conform to regulatory requirements and minimize the
risks of accidents or injury. The result of inadequate programs may result in serious injury of
faculty, staff, students and visitors, or loss of equipment or facilities. Higher injury rates
significantly impact the costs of operation and WSBC insurance coverage.
- Co-op Student, preferably in an ergonomics or related program
- Ability to take initiative, ability to work both independently and in a team, good
interpersonal communication, a willingness to learn and strong written and oral
communication skills are required
Salary Level: $18/hour, dependent on experience
Work Term: Summer Term (May 2019 start)
Duration: 8 months