Ergonomics - Providing a Safe and Healthful Workplace 

Ergonomics is defined as fitting the workplace to the worker. A workplace includes not just our work areas but also our tools and equipment.  You may be familiar with workplace injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, or back strain. These injuries are due to small, repeated traumas to the musculoskeletal system (muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, bones) and the nervous system when the job does not match the worker's capabilities. These injuries, also called Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs), account for some of the largest costs in injury claims and lost work time in the DOD.  The Ergonomics Program at PHC is dedicated to decreasing those costs and to reduce worker pain and suffering.

For specific information on what the Ergonomics program offers please visit our Organization page.

If you have a question or need ergonomics assistance please email us at Ask an Ergonomist
For contact information for the USAPHC Ergonomics Program, check out our contact page.

Reaching and lifting with poor posture can cause WMSDsErgonomic Injuries (or WMSDs), Injury Risks, and Workplace Redesigns

An illustrated guide.


Assessing Office ErgonomicsOffice Ergonomics

How to ergonomically set up your office.

Money SymbolReturn On Investment

Ergonomics can save your program MONEY.


Brochure of Reducing Sedintary BehaviorsSitting Too Much Is a Health Hazard external link 

American College of Sports Medicine brochure on Reducing Sedentary Behaviors.

Department of Defense logoErgonomic Regulations and Policies

Army and DOD Regulations, Policies & Guidance on ergonomics.


EVAC helio nurse

Human System Integration / Health Hazard Assessments   

HSI assessment methods used for HHAs.

Poster showing the ergonomically correct seating position for a computer workstationFact Sheets / Posters

Free one page Fact Sheets, printable Posters, and other ergonomics resources.


Medical AssessmentsHealth Care Ergonomics

Reports, studies and assessments of military medical services.

On-line trainingOn-line Ergonomics Courses

Information about our on-line training.

Soldier with musculoskeletal injury

Military Musculoskeletal Injuries

Military-specific WMSDs.


Ergonomic Injuries (or WMSDs), Injury Risks, and Workplace Redesigns

Information on ergonomic injuries, work-related musculoskeletal disorders, injury risks, and workplace redesigns.

Ergonomics Policy

This page provides a brief description and links to relevant DoD and Army ergonomics policies.

Military Musculoskeletal Injuries

These are links to papers, studies and reports regarding ergonomic and musculoskeletal injuries specifically geared towards Soldier musculoskeletal injuries and the military lifestyle.

Office Ergonomics

Guide and Fact Sheets on how to set up your office chair and workstation in an ergonomically correct and safe manner.

Return On Investment

Use of Ergonomics can save your program money and reduce injuries.

Starting an Ergonomics Program

As outlined in DA PAM 40-21 , each Army installation is required to have an ergonomics program. Whether you are just starting out or want to improve your current program we can provide a variety of services to make that process as smooth as possible.

Training: On-line One-Hour Office Ergonomics Course

On-line One-Hour Office Ergonomics Course


Ergonomics Publications

Posters on ergonomic topics are available free of charge.

Human-Systems Integration / Health Hazard Assessments

Human-Systems Integration assessment methods used by the USAIPH Ergonomics Program when performing a Health Hazard Assessment.

Installation Services

The USAIPH provides a number of services to your installation including training, program development, and worksite assessments.

Safe Patient Handling

This page discusses research and applied practices relating to patient handling, successful ergonomic and management interventions, and why these interventions should be implemented sooner rather than later.

Training: In-person Training

In addition to on-line training, AIPH ergonomists offer a variety of in-person training services to meet your needs, budget and time constraints.