It is essential that computer workstations are ergonomically compliant, optimally designed and appropriately adjusted to prevent injury associated with tasks performed.

Step 1: Workstation Design & Furniture Selection

Appropriate selection and design of seating and furniture reduces the risk of injury and minimises associated financial and organisational costs. 

The UQ 'Selection and Purchase of Seating and Furniture' guideline requires that Faculties/Schools/Centres purchase all seating and furniture from the range offered by UQ P&F Furniture.

This range of furniture and equipment is evaluated by the UQ Ergonomics & Rehabilitation Adviser and P&F to ensure it meets legislative and ergonomics requirements. Accordingly, all areas purchasing new computer workstation seating and furniture should contact the P&F Furniture Procurement Section to ensure appropriate design and selection.

P&F Furniture Section
Phone: 3365 9127
Email: furniture@pf.uq.edu.au
Web: http://www.pf.uq.edu.au/furniture.html  
  • Seating and furniture can be viewed at the P&F Furniture Showroom. Please ensure you make an appointment prior to visiting.

Specialist Advice:

Where there are special individual needs or unique design requirements (eg reception counters) the UQ Ergonomics & Rehabilitation Officer should be contacted to assist in the design process.

Jolene Cooper
Ergonomics & Rehabilitation Officer
Phone: 336-52341
Email: j.cooper8@uq.edu.au  

Step 2: Individual Computer Workstation Adjustment

The majority of University staff use a computer workstation in the course of their work, and a large proportion of musculoskeletal injuries amongst staff may be related to tasks performed at computer workstations.

The OH&S Division has developed a training module, guideline and associated checklist that outline a practical approach for the optimal design and self-adjustment of computer workstations as a key injury prevention measure.

Thorough and comprehensive, the guideline and checklist can be used by individuals or work groups, and should be supplemented with other relevant resources/information, as appropriate.

Specialist Advice:

In the case that an individual has special needs, the OH&S Division should be contacted for individualised assessment. Key examples of individual or special needs include musculoskeletal injury, pain and discomfort, tall or very short stature, or a specific disability.

Jolene Cooper
Ergonomics & Rehabilitation Officer
Phone: 336-52341
Email: j.cooper8@uq.edu.au  

Additional Information:

"The Victorian WorkSafe Officewise Guide" can be used to supplement the information in the University's 'Computer Workstations: Design and Adjustment Guideline'. [ external website ]