Welcome to the EH&S Ergonomics Page 

Many faculty, staff and students work with desktop computers or laptops for the majority of their working day.   This page contains tools and resources for helping the members of the Northeastern University community adjust or change their workstations, increase their comfort at work, and connect to educational and administrative resources to support these goals. 

Q: How can I access the eOfficeErgo online training program? 

A: We are pleased to announce the availability of the eOfficeErgo  online training program at your convenience. This program is highly recommended to help you understand the risk factors and to evaluate your workstation.  Click HERE to take the course in EH&S’s new Training Platform. 

Note: Course opens up best in FIREFOX or Internet Explorer. For Chrome users you need to enable FLASH. 


Q: HELP! I am in pain and need an ergonomics evaluation ASAP. How quickly can you come? 

 A: An ergonomic evaluation is not medical treatment, and our staff cannot diagnose or treat your symptoms.  What we can do is help you  optimize your workstation to support your recovery and keep you working in neutral postures. SO,

If you are in pain: Please seek medical attention immediately, and notify your medical provider if you suspect that the symptoms are associated with work tasks and activities.

If you have a chronic medical condition or disability:  Please contact John Armendariz of Northeastern University’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion(OIDI).  Remember: OIDI is your advocate; they will contact our office for technical assistance as needed.


If you are returning to work following a leave of absence, and your physician has recommended specific equipment and/or an evaluation of your work station due to your medical condition, then please contact Maryellen (Mel) Shea of NUs Human Resources Management. She will contact our office as technical assistance is needed.


Q: I would like a Sit/Stand workstation* (*or other equipment). How do I get one?

Do I NEED to schedule an ergonomics evaluation to get one?  

A: NO, You don’t need to get an ergonomics evaluation to ask for equipment.

  • The first step is to schedule a time to speak with your supervisor. Discuss your concerns and why you feel like this equipment is needed to optimize your comfort and your productivity.

Want to check out chairs and other furnishings on contract with Northeastern? Please contact Danielle Miranda, Asst. Project Manager, NU’s Design and Construction:  d.miranda@northeastern.edu


Q: Does the EHS office buy the equipment we need? 

A:  No. At Northeastern University, all purchases of equipment or furnishings are financed at the office or department level.   EHS does not purchase, authorize or install any office furniture or equipment.  Our role is to provide technical expertise and training for workstation problem solving and to provide specific recommendations. Sometimes we can lend sample products for evaluation.


Q:  So, what do I do to get an in-person evaluation? 

STEP ONE, Take the eOfficeErgo Training Program.

STEP TWO, Read through the FAQs on this page.

STEP THREE, See above re: contacting OIDI or HRM if your case is medical in nature or you are returning from a leave.

STEP FOUR, If you still have questions and need assistance, then contact the EHS Ergonomics co-leads with your questions.


 Q:  I noticed a co-worker has  ________(insert ergonomic equipment here). How can I get the same equipment?

A:  The first step is speak with your supervisor.   At Northeastern University, all final purchase decisions  are determined at the office or department level. 


 Q:  Can EHS provide Ergonomics Trainings for (a) our Department or Office, or for (b) me as an individual? 

A: YES! There are two ways to get training for your group or for yourself:

ONE – contact  the EHS Training Manager if you would like to schedule a training for your group or office.

TWO – checkout the monthly scheduled trainings offered through the NUPD Safety Platform, open to the entire NU Community.


Q: Any other tips on workstation setup?

A: YES – please see the links, below, to our favorite ergonomics resources.


Ergonomics resources we like:

eOfficeErgo – Institute for Work and Health

OSHA Computer Ergonomics eTool

NIOSH Ergonomics Page 

Cornell University Ergonomics Web

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