Types of Ergonomics Assistance

Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSIs) are preventable and reversible most of the time with well-designed environments and tools, and good ergonomics practices. Early awareness and detection is important to prevent problems and support health, safety, and comfort.

Education builds a solid foundation for increasing awareness about the fit between you and your environment. Employees and supervisors are encouraged to be fully engaged in the ergonomics process as early as possible.


New Construction Design & Renovation Projects

It is never too early to involve the ergonomist in your new plan and projects. UCSF Ergonomics & Human Factors assists project management to ensure that UCSF work environments are created to support environmental stewardship, employee safety, health, productivity and efficient movement–often within limited and shared spaces.

Contact the senior ergonomist for design consultations, ergonomics design requirements, and any related questions at ergonomics@ucsf.edu.

Individual Assistance

UCSF Ergonomics & Human Factors uses a tier-based protocol for providing targeted ergonomics assistance (TEEM model).
 
Employees start by completing the Office Ergonomics eCourse & Self-Evaluation. Upon completion, employees should review the Self-Evaluation Report with their supervisor, implement
recommendations, and order recommended equipment as needed.
 
Several resources are available to assist employees and supervisors with this process. If there are specific unresolved issues or questions, employees can contact their EH&S Specialist (DSA) who will provide follow-up information. Additional information, photos, and measurements may be needed to facilitate follow-up. Review Pathways for Ergonomics Assistance for more information.
 

Group Ergonomics

When three or more employees in one department/group need assistance, a systems-based participatory process is used that maximizes the involvement of employees and supervisors in order to effectively implement group changes.

This process includes web-based training and may include a meeting with management and stakeholders to discuss group issues, use of specific resources and best practices appropriate for the group, supplemental training, and training of the supervisor and an ergonomics advocate within the department.

Contact UCSF Ergonomics & Human Factors for more information.

Equipment, Tools & Product Selection

The Office Preferred Products List contains the most commonly ordered office equipment and tools. Upon completing the Office Ergonomics eCourse, employees should work with their supervisor to order products from the list. The Self-Evaluation Report is all that is needed to order recommended products from the Preferred Products List (see How to Order Equipment).

If needed, your EH&S Specialist (DSA) or UCSF Ergonomics & Human Factors is available to assist with unresolved issues and questions.

ErgoFit Consult

If the Office Ergonomics eCourse & Self-Evaluation recommends a fitting for specialty equipment, contact your EH&S Specialist (DSA) to see if an appointment in the Ergo Lab is indicated.