Ergonomics Assessment FAQs - start here

Can EHS conduct an ergonomics assessment?

EHS can perform the following ergonomics assessments:

  • On campus office workstation assessment
  • On campus shared workstation assessment
  • Secondary work location workstation assessment (virtual via Zoom)
  • Task assessment

When is an assessment required?

Employees must report all ergonomics concerns to their Supervisors. Supervisors will then conduct their own assessment to identify any risk factors and take steps to control it. Supervisors who are having difficulty identifying and controlling ergonomics risk factors may request EHS undertake an ergonomics assessment for their employees. 

What is the outcome of an assessment?

An ergonomics assessment report will be sent to the employee and their supervisor. The report will contain identified risk factors and recommended risk controls.

An on campus office ergonomics assessment may result in a chair or sit-stand workstation demo being scheduled. See the Purchasing Furniture & Equipment tab for more information about demos.

Steps to Request an Ergonomics Assessment

Step 1 – Speak to your Supervisor.  Let you supervisor know as soon as possible if you are experiencing discomfort or have concerns. They will conduct an assessment and may be able to discuss options (i.e. alternative chairs or equipment) that are available within the department.

Step 2 – Complete the appropriate checklist.

  • For office and shared workstation assessments (on campus & secondary work locations) complete the Office Ergonomics Self-Assessment Checklist. This document provides information on how to set up your workstation and recommendations for how to fix common deficiencies. Prior to requesting an office ergonomics assessment from EHS, employees and supervisors are encouraged to review resource documents on the Ergonomics webpage and complete the Office Ergonomics training course.
  • For task assessments complete the Manual Materials Handling Checklist. This document is intended to be completed with your supervisor.

* Office Ergo Self-Assessment Checklist v4.pdf
Office Ergonomics Self-Assessment Checklist
* SFU MMH checklist v1.pdf
Manual Materials Handling Checklist

Step 3 – Submit the Ergonomics Assessment Request Form below. Be sure to attach your completed Checklist and pictures (for virtual assessments). The completed pdf can either be emailed to or uploaded with the form below. If requesting a virtual assessment of a home office, please include before/after workstation pictures.

The employee's supervisor will be cc'd on all ergonomics assessment requests.
Assessment Type
Have you completed the appropriate self-assessment checklist?
The total size of uploaded attachments can be no larger than 15MB
For office ergonomics assessment requests, complete the Office Ergonomics Self-Assessment Checklist. For task assessment requests, complete the Manual Materials Handling Checklist.
Have you advised your supervisor of the ergonomic issue you have?
Are you experiencing pain or discomfort?
If yes, where in your body are you experiencing pain or discomfort?