The SFU Ergonomics Program consists of a program manual, awareness training, task and workstation assessments, consultation on purchasing furniture and equipment, and resource documents.

Click here to download the 2023 SFU Ergonomics Program Manual.

For any ergonomics queries, please contact

Musculoskeletal Injuries (MSI)

MSIs are injuries caused by overuse of structures of the musculoskeletal systems such as bones, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves.

MSIs can develop through either a single forceful exertion or repeated use of the same joint.

MSIs are most prevalent in the back, shoulders, neck, elbows, wrists, hands and fingers.

Signs and symptoms of MSI

Signs can be seen (swelling/redness), symptoms are invisible (tingling/numbness). Without training, an employee may use a proper workstation incorrectly and can develop signs or symptoms.


To prevent work related MSI, SFU relies on supervisors.

A supervisor whose employee reports or who notices an employee with signs or symptoms of MSI, should request a workstation assessment immediately.

Employees who experience signs or symptoms of MSI, must report this to their immediate supervisor.