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Worksafe Iowa ergonomics specialists focus on fitting the job task to the worker. This process involves risk factor identification, ergonomic job analysis, solution development, and education. We emphasize a train-the-trainer approach or “participatory ergonomics,” to help cultivate in-house ergonomics expertise. This expertise helps to prevent common ergonomic problems such as back injuries and cumulative trauma disorders. The Ergonomics Research Facility at the UI College of Public Health provides Worksafe Iowa clients access to state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to address specific ergonomic issues.


  • Risk factor identification
  • Ergonomic job analysis
  • Workstation design and modification
  • Injury prevention
  • Employee/management education
  • Development of training materials specific to the worksite

Contact Dr. Nathan Fethke at (319) 467-4563 or

University of Iowa departments and employees requesting ergonomic services should contact UI Ergonomics Program at (319) 384-0959.  Additional information can be found at

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