Responsibilities

Deans, Directors, and Department Chairs are responsible for ensuring this program is followed within their authority area. They should select a person to act as a safety coordinator or appoint a safety committee with appropriate authority to oversee this program's guidelines.

Employees should be involved in all phases of this program implementation, including exposure identification, risk assessment, and control of work-practice risk factors. They must perform work duties according to the training provided. Employees Must:

  • Optimize their work areas and tasks and notify their supervisor of their reasonable needs to improve their workstations
  • Correctly use the equipment provided by their supervisor.
  • Identify ergonomically related concerns to their supervisor for corrective action, and participate in ergonomics training when provided
  • Follow UNM Policy regarding the reporting of any injury or illness. An employee should not "self-prescribe" medical devices, braces, or splints. These items should be used under a doctor's supervision. 

Supervisors and Managers are responsible for implementing this ergonomic program in their area of authority. Supervisors and managers must:

  • Be familiar with the concepts of ergonomics and identify workplace conditions and practices that may be of concern
  • Make employees aware of this program and the information contained in this program
  • Train employees how to best arrange workstations to avoid injury
  • Investigate accidents or reports of injury or illness
  • Report injuries according to the "Worker's Compensation" Policy 3630, University Business Policy (UBP)
  • Ensure that recommendations for reducing ergonomic hazards are implemented promptly

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) will conduct workplace evaluations designed to educate employees about safe work practices, remove hazards, and prevent accidents. EHS will:

  • Assist in training exposure evaluation and determination, perform exposure monitoring, interpret standards, and provide technical advice,
  • Revise and monitor this program periodically, and
  • Review injury and incident trends, and review specific cases to identify areas of concern.
  • For an assessment, please click on the evaluation link.

The Facilities Planning Division shall be responsible for integrating ergonomics considerations into workspace planning, workstation design, and building modifications. Additionally, the Facilities Planning Departments shall design optimal environmental factors such as temperature, noise, vibration, and lighting during facility planning.

The Purchasing Division shall be responsible for purchasing chairs and equipment of such quality and design to reduce ergonomic injuries. EHS will assist in any evaluation before purchase. Many ergonomic problems are created by the use of low cost, low-value equipment.

Employee Occupational Health Services (EOHS) is responsible for the medical evaluation of work-related injuries and illnesses to ensure early identification, evaluation, and treatment of signs and symptoms.