Ergonomics Program




The Campus Ergonomics and Human Factors program focuses on providing advice to UCSF campus departments on preventive ergonomics. Preventive ergonomics includes involvement with design projects and providing advice to departments on how to create safe work environments for their employees.

We understand that it can be challenging to find the right people to help you at large organizations like UCSF. Sometimes people contact the campus ergonomics program to find answers for questions better addressed by other departments at UCSF. Several resources on our website will help supervisors and employees know who to contact and whether someone in the ergonomics program can help you quickly find the information you need to answer their questions.

What is Ergonomics?

Ergonomics is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions between humans and the systems related to their working environment. The profession applies theory, principles, data and methods to help design environments that optimize human productivity, well-being, and overall system performance. Ergonomics is also referred to as human factors engineering.

The Ergonomics and Human Factors Program shares information, standards, and guidance across UCSF. As a part of the Environment Health and Safety (EH&S) Department, our mission is to promote a safe and healthy work environment for all UCSF employees through the sharing of this information.


The UCSF Ergonomics & Human Factors Program serves as an adviser to the UCSF campus community and provides the following services:

  • Create ergonomics standards, requirements, and guidelines and other resources for departments.
  • Promote best practices and provide guidance related to ergonomics and injury prevention.
  • Create furniture and design requirements
  • Consult with business partners regarding workplace standards, design and engineering.
  • Provides ergonomics training, classes and resources.
  • Maintain a library of self-help resources and references, including preferred product lists.
  • Offer a limited rebate program to eligible employees when funding is available.

Who is Eligible?

Currently-employed UCSF campus employees with an active staff or academic title. Some employees may have dual appointments or be employed by other entities. UCSF Human Resources can help you determine your employment status.
How can you determine whether you are a UCSF campus employee?
Ask your supervisor. All Campus employees have an assigned HR Staff generalist (Find your HR Representative) who can advise on your employment status.
What if I am a UCSF employee with a dual appointment or am located at a non-UCSF facility?
Contact your supervisor or for further guidance.
What if I am not UCSF campus staff or faculty?
Contact your supervisor or Human Resources for direction. UCSF Health employees, UCSF students and contractors should contact the following:
UCSF Health Employees:
UCSF Students:
Student Disability Services:
UCSF Contractors/Others:
Contact your employer or the person who hired you. If you have access to the UCSF Learning Management System, we recommend for you to complete relevant training as advised by your supervisor to help you understand how to work safely. Follow up with your employer for next steps.

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