Supervisors and their employees are responsible for creating and maintaining safe work environments and work practices. Resources are available at UCSF to help guide you.
Managers and Supervisors:
Supervisors are responsible for employee safety and health per the California Labor Code.
Supervisors are responsible for the following:
- Create and maintain safe work environments for employees
- Ensure employees complete training modules relevant to their job tasks. See EH&S What Safety Training is Needed for details
- Review training results and Self-Evaluation reports with employees
- Implement recommendations, order recommended equipment and make workstation adjustments as soon as possible to reduce risk of injury. Refer to our perferred ergonomics products and vendors
- Work to create a department budget for employee workstation and ergonomic needs
- Create a department ergonomic plan outlining supervisor authority for employee work environment changes and equipment purchases
- Be a role model and motivate employees to work safely
- Understand who and when to contact others for support
UCSF Faculty and Staff:
- Together with their supervisors, employees are responsible for their safety at work.
- Employees are responsible for the following:
- Work with their supervisor to discuss and maintain a safe work environment
- Use safe work practices
- Take required campus safety and ergonomics trainings and self-evaluations
- Review training results and self-evaluation reports with their supervisor as soon as possible
- Obtain authorization from their supervisor for workstation changes and purchases
- Notify their supervisor early if they have questions, concerns, or discomfort related to their work environment or if they need to report a work-related injury.
Ergonomics & Human Factors, EH&S:
Department Safety Advisors (DSA): EH&S DSAs are assigned to UCSF departments and provide guidance to supervisors and employees on all safety- related issues, including ergonomics. DSAs can help provide direction if there are questions and unresolved issues after employees have completed required trainings, reviewed their Self-Evaluations and implemented changes together with their supervisor.
Ergonomics Program: One specialist is available to provide guidance to the UCSF campus population on complex issues related to ergonomics and/or when discomfort (not work-related injuries) are present
Ergonomics Program Manager:
- Subject matter expert in ergonomics for UCSF; develops requirements, guidance and best practices for UCSF supervisors and leadership
- Program development and administration
- Provides ergonomics design requirements and design support for new buildings and renovated spaces