Stay safe and prevent injury with ergonomics

Ergonomics is the design of workplaces, products and systems to fit the people who use them.

Office ergonomics focuses on physical, mechanical and environmental factors that may lead to injury when they are not properly adjusted in the workplace. Manual tasks can cause damage to any part of the body. Consider what you are moving, how far it needs to move and if there is a another person or a device which can help.

Office ergonomics

Setting up your workstation

Adjust your workstation to meet your needs and prevent injury. Watch the video above or use our self-assessment checklist for a step-by-step guide on how to set up your workstation. If you feel that you need different office furniture or equipment to better meet your needs, please discuss this with your manager and consider booking a workstation assessment with your health and safety adviser.

New furniture can be found in the furniture catalogue. All purchases can be made through the  Griffith Marketplace.

If you need a sit-stand desk, please refer to the Guidelines for the selection and use of sit-stand desks provided by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

For further advice on individual needs, including suppliers of sit-stand desks, contact the Health, Safety and Wellbeing team

Self-assessment checklist Guidelines for workstations

Furniture catalogue Purchase through the Griffith Marketplace.


The Health, Safety and Wellbeing team provide advice and support on ergonomics and manual tasks, including:

  • Early ergonomic advice and support for musculoskeletal disorders;
  • Ergonomic adjustment advice for computer workstations and other work environments;
  • Participative Ergonomics training programs for manual tasks; and
  • Ergonomics advice for construction projects and refurbishments.

Frequently asked questions

Movement is the answer

The human body is designed to move regularly throughout the day. You can sit less and move more with help from the resources below:

Manual tasks

Manual tasks are defined as workplace activities carried out by a person moving, holding or restraining an object, load or body part. Griffith supports the use of participative Ergonomics for manual tasks.

Hazardous manual tasks must be risk assessed.  A Health, Safety and Wellbeing adviser can assist your team in implementing this program.

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