What is Ergonomics?
Ergonomics is the applied science of equipment design and/or workplace design, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort. Also called biotechnology, human engineering, and human factors engineering.
Ergonomics includes the following characteristics:
- Science of fitting jobs, tools or environments of work to the worker.
- Encompasses the workstation, the tools or equipment of work, and the work flow design.
- The goal is to prevent, or reduce the likelihood of, discomfort and injury associated with any and all aspects of work.
- Worker education and training is essential toward maximizing the value and success of all ergonomic interventions.
- Ergonomic principles can and should be applied to any and all types of work both occupational and domestic.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, with many UCR faculty and staff working remotely, poor home-office ergonomics and pandemic-related stress can cause health problems. Some of these health-related issues can manifest themselves by experiencing:
- Back pain
- Stiff or painful neck
- Painful wrists, hands or elbows
- Knotted shoulder muscles
Whether you or your team may be experiencing any of these symptoms, or even if you want to be pro-active about your health, you are welcome to request a virtual ergonomic assessment to help you be healthy and productive while working remotely. The UCR Ergonomics Department is offering the following ways to schedule a ergonomic assessment.
Schedule an Assessment
- Individual: EH&S will conduct the ergonomic assessment of your workstation. To schedule an ergonomics assessment, please fill out the online Ergonomic Assessment Form . For questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Groups: EH&S has developed an informative and engaging presentation for groups who want to keep their teams healthy and productive while working remotely. To schedule your ergonomics group training, please contact email@example.com
Ergonomic Self Assessment
Computer Ergonomics Self-Assessment is an on-line Self-Assessment and Training program targeted to the office-worker. This online program, hosted by Risk & Safety Solutions helps to identify your risks, automate injury prevention activities, and analyze results.
- Mandatory for certain office-worker job categories.
- Recommended for all faculty and staff who work more than 2 hours per day at a computer.
- Start your Computer Ergonomics Self-Assessment.
Matching Funds Program
Matching Funds Program
The Be Smart About Safety Matching Funds Program is applied to recommended and approved office ergonomic equipment for eligible UCR staff and faculty. The program helps departments offset the cost of recommended office improvements.
Ergonomic training, known as Smart Body Management, seeks to teach employees how to use their bodies efficiently in all aspects of their job as well as their personal life. Whereas Ergonomics typically focuses on the types of tools we use, and where to place them, Smart Body Management deals with employee habits, posture and work technique. The participant will learn about the mechanism of all musculoskeletal injuries, why one may experience frequent, nagging aches and pains and how to effectively get rid of them and keep them at bay. This training is an engaging, interactive experience that helps to motivate people to make positive changes in their daily habits which will have a profound impact on their well-being. Successful application of Smart Body Management principles provides the individual with increased energy, less aches and pains, a reduced risk of injury and an improved quality of life.
For information, please contact EH&S firstname.lastname@example.org
Laboratory Ergonomic Resources