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. Unless the workplace is fit to the worker, the worker is at an increased injury risk. Workplace injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, or back strain are often associated with 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 APHC is dedicated to decreasing those costs and reducing 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.                Button to Ask the Ergonomist
For contact information for the APHC (Provisional) Ergonomics Program, check out our contact page.

Ergonomic News:

  • Yes, sitting too long can kill you, even if you exercise. External link                                                                                      This is a CNN article that references the 2017 scientific paper "Patterns of Sedentary Behavior and Mortality in U.S. Middle-Aged and Older Adults: A National Cohort Study"
  • Don't just sit there!  External link                                                                                                                                              A one-page infographic from the Washington Post on why office workers get injured and what you can do about it.

    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

    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.


    Sit/Stand information for researchersSit/Stand Workstation Research

    Information for researchers on sit/stand workstations


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

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

    EVAC helio nurse

    Human System Integration / Health Hazard Assessments

    HSI assessment methods used for HHAs.

    On-line trainingOn-line Ergonomics Courses

    Information about our on-line training.



    Injuries from excessive Whole Body & Hand Arm Vibration

    Soldier with musculoskeletal injury

    Military Musculoskeletal Injuries

    Military-specific WMSDs

    Medical Assessments

    Health Care Ergonomics

    Reports, studies and assessments of military medical services.


    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.

    Reducing Sedentary Behavior - Sitting Less Moving More

    Sitting Less Moving More

    Return on Investment

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

    Sit-Stand Set-up

    Videos on how to set-up your sit-stand workstation.

    Sit-Stand Workstation Research

    Sit-Stand Workstation Research

    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 Ergonomics Courses

    On-line Ergonomics Courses


    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 APHC Ergonomics Program when performing a Health Hazard Assessment.

    Installation Services

    The Army Public Health Center 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, APHC ergonomists offer a variety of in-person training services to meet your needs, budget and time constraints.

    Yes, sitting too long can kill you, even if you exercise.

    This is a CNN article that references the 2017 scientific paper "Patterns of Sedentary Behavior and Mortality in U.S. Middle-Aged and Older Adults: A National Cohort Study"