Welcome to UCSF Health Ergonomics

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Important Update: COVID-19 & Ergonomics

At this time, UCSF Health as a whole is experiencing far-reaching operational impacts as a result of the novel coronavirus and subsequent actions taken by the government to curb the spread of this pathogen. This situation has led to a large volume of UCSF Health employees temporarily working from home, and potentially facing issues and questions related to ergonomics for telecommuting.

Our new website has been launched in a temporarily reformatted arrangement to address these questions and concerns. Please visit our pages to see our recommendations for navigating ergonomics when telecommuting, as well as resources for health & wellness at this time of state-wide shelter in place and social distancing orders. Both the telecommuting and health & wellness pages will have daily tips and reminders for you as well.

Also, for more information regarding UCSF's response to COVID-19, you may visit the new website for updates and resources:

https://coronavirus.ucsf.edu/

Stay safe and well!

UCSF Health Ergonomics Team



About Us

The Ergonomics Program at UCSF Health is committed to improving employee safety by providing risk reduction solutions and educational resources to prevent workplace injuries. Our program encompasses all UCSF Health employees whose job functions have the potential for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), also known as overexertion, cumulative trauma, repetitive motion, or repetitive strain injuries.

What is Ergonomics?

Ergonomics is a scientific discipline that studies the interactions between people, their work environment, equipment, job tasks, and work habits. The goal is to help make job tasks compatible with the needs and abilities of people in order to maximize employee well-being and safety.

Your Role is Important

All UCSF Health staff are responsible for creating and maintaining a safe work environment. By using ergonomic equipment and principles, potential injuries and disorders may be reduced, prevented, and even eliminated.

What We Do

The Ergonomics Department operates within UCSF Health's Workers Compensation Department and maintains the ergonomics program in compliance with Environment of Care Standards. Support services include:

  • Computer workstation evaluations for preventive, discomfort, and workers' compensation cases
  • On-line ergonomics training for computer users
  • Industrial assessments for non-patient related body mechanics and material handling tasks (visit the Safe Patient Handling & Mobility page for patient lifting resources)
  • Consultations for department office designs or equipment purchasing projects
  • An ergonomics lab at Mount Zion for chair fittings and equipment testing for staff (by appointment only)

For general questions, please email [email protected].

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