Ergonomics

Contacts:

Chairperson: Melanie Alexandre
Vice Chair: Brian MacDonald 
Director Liaison: Ken Smith
Work Group Liaison: Kristie Elton
Meeting Schedule: 3rd Thursdays, 10:30-11:30

Welcome

The UC systemwide Ergonomics Work Group consists of UC Campus, Medical Center, and National Lab employees tasked with responsibility for maximizing the overall effectiveness of the UC ergonomics programs.

Understanding the reasons behind developing musculoskeletal injuries helps the group focus on creating system-wide strategies to reduce the overall risks.

The Ergonomic Workgroup utilizes OneDrive to share, collaborate and access information: UC Ergo Working Group 

Charter

Vision

The vision of the UC Ergonomics Work Group is the implementation of ergonomics into all University work environments.

This vision is based on the belief that an ergonomics perspective in the roles of prevention and early intervention in protecting workers' health and reducing injuries will ultimately lead to improved quality of life, optimal performance, and cost savings.

Mission

The mission of the UC Ergonomics Work Group is to identify the means, methods, and initiatives necessary to integrate a broad ergonomics perspective into the day-to-day operations of the University of California.

The Work Group will respond to the growing problem of musculoskeletal disorders in order to reduce human suffering, disability, and cost.

The Work Group will promote ergonomics best practices in UC ergonomics programs through work group projects, information exchange, resource sharing, research, and training.

Goals

The goals of the UC Ergonomics Work Group are to:

  • Promote best practices through collaborative work group projects
  • Develop information sharing and networking systems
  • Maximize the effectiveness of UC ergonomics programs and professionals

Objectives

The UC Ergonomics Work Group will accomplish the stated goals by working toward the following objectives:

  • Maintain a UC Ergonomics Work Group ListServ
  • Maintain a work group Web site
  • Provide furniture contract input to UCOP
  • Monitor regulatory affairs and guidelines
  • Establish relevant project teams to develop best practices
  • Share resources including, but not limited to:
    • Guidelines for equipment, furniture, tools
    • Training techniques and materials
    • Publications
    • Web sites
    • Program management/evaluation
    • Research

Completed Ergonomic Studies of High Risk Departments

Ergonomics Study of Custodial, Housekeeping, and Environmental Service Positions

Ergonomics Study of Dining Services Positions

Ergonomics Study of Animal Care Positions

Ergonomics Study of Ground Positions

UC System Wide Furniture Requirements

Ergonomic Requirements for Work Surfaces

Ergonomic Requirements for Height Adjustable Tables

Ergonomic Requirements for Task Chairs

Ergonomic Requirements for Tall Task Stools

LEED Resources

UC Berkeley- Sample Template for Ergonomics Pilot Credit 44 Innovation in Design (New Construction)

LEED Ergo Approach for Computers