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USC Ergonomics Program

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) affect the muscles, nerves and tendons. Work related MSDs (including those of the neck, upper extremities and low back) are one of the leading causes of lost workday injury and illness. Workers in many different industries and occupations can be exposed to risk factors at work, such as lifting heavy items, bending, reaching overhead, pushing and pulling heavy loads, working in awkward body postures and performing the same or similar tasks repetitively. Exposure to these known risk factors for MSDs increases a worker's risk of injury.

Environmental Health and Safety can assist you in evaluating your work station or work tasks for ergonomic stressors, and make recommendations to reduce your risk.  There are a limited number of appointments available with our Occupational Medicine physician, Gary Ewing, MD to evaluate computer workstations for USC employees.

The employee requesting an evaluation is referred to the OSHA website that addresses computer workstation ergonomic principles and helpful hints: (

Dr. Ewing either visits with an individual employee by phone or in person at their worksite. The employee can then discuss personal medical problems that may be exacerbated by their current workstation.

Dr. Ewing does not treat medical conditions or recommend specific office furniture to the employee. Rather, generalized principles are discussed and recommendations are made as to what next steps might be taken to minimize workstation injuries. Employees follow-up with their own physicians to treat specific problems.

If you would like to schedule training or an evaluation of your workspace, contact Kelly Bergeron at  Please include your location and contact information.


Ergonomic Resources
OSHA Ergonomics- General Information
OSHA-Computer Workstation e-tool to assist with computer workstations