Campus Ergonomics Training

EH&S conducts training classes for the Campus Community on a regular basis. The classes meet the regulatory requirements levied by OSHA and the California Department of Health Services. These cover general health and safety issues, and do not replace requirements for supervisors to train or make certain employees are trained in the specific hazards of their workplace. The classes are described below.

EH&S can also provide specialized training modules. Examples we've recently developed include Basic Laboratory Safety for laboratory technicians and dishwashers, Safety for Facilities Management (Crafts, Custodial, Grounds, and Office Personnel), Bloodborne Pathogens Training for employees of the Dental School. Often, we add the "specialized training" module to the regular training schedule, once the module has been given, and its general usefulness demonstrated.

We can also provide assistance to supervisors, laboratory managers, and others who have responsibility for training employees in workplace hazards.  For further information, contact your EHS Specialist or the EH&S Training Coordinator.

What Safety Training is Needed?


EH&S Safety Training


Back-Safety Training

Back pain is one of the most common medical problems in the US. It affects 80% of all Americans at some time in their lives.  While pain or discomfort may be felt anywhere in your back, the most common area affected is the low back which supports most of your body's weight.

Back pain is often times not the result of a single event.  It is generally the result of multiple stressors on the body from improperly standing, sitting or lifting for a long time.  Then suddenly, one simple movement such as bending to pick up the paper in the morning can cause pain.

Keeping your back healthy is important to enjoy every aspect of your life.  We all do some lifting whether it is part of our jobs or not. Protecting your back, when you do so is important to preserve your back health. 

Safe Lifting Technique:

  1. Assess the load
  2. Plan your lift
  3. Face the load
  4. Stagger your stance
  5. Bend your knees and hips
  6. Tighten your abdominal muscles
  7. Keep your back straight
  8. Head up
  9. Lift with your leg muscles as you stand up
  10. Keep the load close to you
  11. Take your time


CPFM Ergonomics



Your Environment, Health and Safety Specialist (EHS Specialist) and the campus ergonomist are here to assist you with group and individual training, product consultations, etc


Dental Ergonomics



Your Environment, Health and Safety Specialist (EHS Specialist) and the campus ergonomist are here to assist you with group and individual training, product consultations, etc


Ergonomics: Campus Laboratory Ergonomic Training

Campus Laboratory Ergonomics

Working safely in the laboratory requires more than just knowledge of hazardous material safety.  Laboratory work presents with multiple ergonomic challenges.

Campus Laboratory Ergonomics Training

A comprehensive training was developed to introduce you to the ergonomics risk factors in the laboratory, basic ergonomic principles and their application to the laboratory setting and the resources available to you.

The training can be found on UC Learning Center.

Campus Laboratory Ergonomic Self Evaluation

Campus Laboratory Ergonomic Self Evaluation (pdf)

This self evaluation will assist you to evaluate your work station and working postures.  Discuss the results with your supervisor to find ways to mitigate the risks.  Note:  a copy of your self evaluation will be required to participate in the Fund Rebate Programs and to request an individual evaluation.

Campus Laboratory Ergonomic Equipment

There is a plethora of ergonomic equipment claiming to improve work environments.  To assist you with your selection, a group of laboratory ergonomic equipment has been evaluated for you. 

To financially assist your department or lab in providing you with ergonomic laboratory equipment, take advantage of our laboratory Fund Rebate Program.

Computers in the Laboratory Environment

Although prevalent in the laboratory environment, computers and laptops often appear to be an afterthought based on their non-ergonomic set up.  The Office Ergonomic Training is applicable to all computer users.  Apply these office ergonomic guidelines to your computer set up in the laboratory environment.  The training can be found on UC Learning Center

Review the  campus office ergonomic preferred product list to assist you with equipment selection related to your computer set up.


Stretching Techniques

The body is made for movement. Frequent breaks during the work day will improve your comfort and your productivity. 

Stretching Guidelines
Follow these guidelines to avoid a stretching injury:

  • Stretch slowly and gently.
  • Do not do a stretch against medical advice.
  • Do not stretch if it causes you discomfort or pain.
  • Ease into the stretch.
  • Do not overstretch.
  • Exhale slowly while stretching.
  • Avoid holding your breath.
  • Hold a gentle stretch for about 30 seconds.

Stretching guidelines and exercises (PDF)


Campus Office Ergonomics eCourse and Self-Evaluation

Prolonged and/or repeated computer use can lead to increased risk of discomfort and computer related injuries. Typically, computer related injuries are classified as Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD) or Repitive Strain Injuries (RSI).

Computers are the tool we all have in common. Whether you use a computer in a standard office setting, in a laboratory, or in a clinic, the same ergonomic principles apply. Take time to analyze and adjust your environment. You will greatly reduce your risk of injury and you will be able to work more comfortably.

Online Ergonomics Training