Ergonomics Program

Safety leads the NCI at Frederick Ergonomics Program with work site evaluations, training, consulting, and early intervention programs. Ergonomic programs strive to eliminate or control hazards in the working environment by applying ergonomic principles both in the office and in non-office environments.

Ergonomics Diagram Monitor Keyboard Feet Chair Chest and Posture Leg Placement

Office Ergonomics

In order to maintain proper posture and control hazards, develop correct ergonomic habits to reduce stress, tension, and pain. Remember to always center your monitor 2-3 inches above your line of vision and use a fully adjustable chair to accommodate your body. Forearms and wrists should rest in a neutral position and elbows should be bent at a 90°angle. Feet should rest even with the ground and a foot rest should be used if necessary. Thighs should remain parallel to the ground and knees should also be bent at a 90° angle.

To learn more about proper office ergonomics, hover over the numbers in the diagram to the left.


EHS can visit your workstation (office, laboratory, animal, or industrial processes) and conduct a worksite evaluation. The primary goal of the worksite evaluation is to ensure a safe and healthy work environment by identifying and evaluating potential hazards. The ergonomics program also educates employees and supervisors with the goal of enabling each department to make site-specific decisions on procurement and practice.

For more information, or to schedule an ergonomic evaluation, call EHS at 301-846-1451.

In addition, EHS has ergonomic office and laboratory products that can be used on a trial basis before purchasing; such as chairs, keyboard trays, mice, and pipettes. View the list of ergonomic equipment and chair vendors. Please contact Laura Cody at 301-846-7335 if you need further information regarding equipment and chair vendors.

It is highly recommended that if you are experiencing pain regarding an ergonomic situation; please contact OHS immediately for medical assistance at 301-846-1096.

Ergonomic Quick Tips

  • Good ergonomic habits will often increase productivity
  • Use a sit-stand workstation whenever possible to promote different body positions
  • Minimize unnecessary body movements and repetitive motions by placing all work within arm’s reach
  • Give your eyes a rest periodically by focusing your vision on objects in the distance
  • Eliminate or reduce glare on computer monitors to lessen eye strain

Please visit the National Institutes of Health Office Management webpage for more information on Office Workstation Ergonomics.