Ergonomics and Injury Prevention

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 (MSD), also known as overexertion, cumulative trauma, repetitive motion, or repetitive strain injuries.

As part of UCSF’s response to COVID-19, a new UCSF Health Ergonomics website was developed to provide guidance on the increase in telecommuting by UCSF Health employees at this time.  Please visit the page at (best viewed on Chrome or Firefox) to access information on ergonomic telecommuting recommendations and guidelines for home work setups, health and wellness resources, daily rotating tips for telecommuting ergonomics, and an FAQ section addressing common issues and concerns.

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 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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