Health & Wellness

Jolene VanTassel, Employee Health Manager
Phone: 902-896-5799  Fax: 902-897:8948


What does Ergonomics mean?

Ergonomics is the science of designing environments and products to match the individuals who use them. The word 'ergonomics' comes from the Greek 'ergon' meaning 'work' and 'nomos' meaning 'law'.

Ergonomics Involves.....Fitting the worker to the job not the job to the worker.

For Example:

  • Fitting the job to the worker through task design and procedures.
  • Fitting the worker to the job through the use of proper placement procedures and training.

It should be noted "What works for one worker may not work for another, so it's important to emphasize individual solutions." Your basic knowledge of ergonomics is a prevention of physical damage or injuries that may occur. With this knowledge it will enhance performance and comfort, rather than waiting until damage does occur. Remember you do have limits and your work environment should be designed so that you can function within these limits.

How does Ergonomics Affect Me?

  1. Promote better health
  2. Improve body posture
  3. Reduce absenteeism
  4. May provide relief from:
  • Fatigue
  • Eye strain
  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision
  • Back problems
  • Neck problems
  • Organization of your work will help to increase your productivity
  • Help prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) or carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
  • Always look for alternatives to perform repetitive and/or tasks that require force
  • For more information, see the Ergonomics Check List at the bottom of the page or visit:

    Go Smoke Free

    It’s never too late to quit. When you quit smoking:

    • Within 8 hours, carbon monoxide levels drop in your body and oxygen levels in your blood increases.
    • After 2 days, your sense of smell and taste begin to improve.
    • Within 2 weeks to 3 months, your lungs work better making it easier to breathe.
    • After 1 to 9 months, coughing, sinus congestion, tiredness and shortness of breath improve.
    • After 1 year, your risk of a smoking-related heart attack is reduced by half.

    For information and resources to help you quit smoking, visit one of the following links:

    Employee Assistance Programs

    The more complex life becomes, the more challenges we all face - at home and at work.  Sometimes those challenges become stressful and even overwhelming, but who do you turn to for help?

    CUPE, Non-Union and NSGEU Employees are provided with an EAP through Shepell-FGI.  Shepell-FGI is a voluntary, confidential, short-term counseling and advisory service that connect you and your eligible family members to a network of dedicated professionals who are available to give you assistance 24 hours a day.

    For more information, see the Employee & Family Assistance Program Brochure from Morneau Shepell.

    For immediate, confidential help contact the EFAP provider 24 hours/day; 7 days a week by:

    Phone: 1-800-387-4765, 1-800-361-5676 (french)

    TTY Service: 1-877-338-0275

    NSTU Employees are provided with an Early Intervention Program(EIP) through the Nova Scotia Teaches' Union.   EIP is a voluntary program for NSTU members while they are working or on paid sick leave and experiencing illness or injury. For more information, visit the NSTU Website. EFAP is a voluntary full-service employee (NSTU members) and family assistance program supporting health at work, at home and in life through Resilience®. For more information, visit the NSTU Website or contact your NSTU school representative.