Ergonomics Assistance

General Assistance: 

The UCSF Ergonomics Program assists UCSF Campus employees with ergonomics by addressing a hierarchy of situations and needs using the most effective and efficient level of intervention. This allows us to reach our large population quickly.

Whenever possible, interventions focus on recognized UCSF-wide design and equipment requirements, education and training and user engagement.

We have partnered with One Workplace, UCSF’s standard furniture provider, to ensure that UCSF Campus employees have access to the furniture they need, while meeting safety and ergonomics requirements. Furniture and equipment now offered by One Workplace now meet ergonomics requirements and are available to UCSF employees as standard furniture. Their new chair demo programs allow employees to try out these new standard chair options at their workstations. All new workstation designs and retrofits offered by One Workplace now meet UCSF ergonomics requirements.

Virtual ergonomics evaluations and screening methods allow us to respond quickly while engaging employees and supervisors to effectively make necessary changes. Ergo lab visits allow us to mock up employee workstations to identify appropriate fit and equipment. In-person assistance targets high-risk groups and complex issues.

Group workshops and assistance is provided to groups of three or more people in the same department.

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.

• Provide 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.

Individual Assistance:

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.

If there are specific unresolved issues or questions, employees can contact their EH&S Department Safety Advisor (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. Contact UCSF Ergonomics & Human Factors for more information.

Who is Eligible for Campus Ergonomics Assistance?

Currently-employed UCSF campus employees with an active staff or academic title. If you are unsure what your UCSF status is, please consult with your supervisor.

If you have dual appointments or are employed by other entities, please contact UCSF Human Resources to help you determine your employment status.

If you are a medical center employee, please visit: http://safety.ucsf.edu/ergonomics-and-injury-prevention for assistance.

If you are a UCSF student, please visit: https://sds.ucsf.edu/howtoregister