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BruinErgo Training and Risk Assessment


ATTENTION: Campus employees hired on or after April 22, 2016 do not have access to BruinErgo at this time.
                      We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to resolve the problem.

Impacted employees can submit their information HERE. Be sure to include your date of hire in the comment section.


All new and current UCLA employees working at computer workstations are asked to complete both the training and risk
assessment as a first step toward acheiving an optimal workstation setup. Program staff will review your assessment
results and may contact you to discuss appropriate next steps depending on your level of risk.
Please follow one of the links below to get started.


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Campus Employees           Health Employees


Note: DGSOM & FPG staff are considered Campus Employees for the purposes of BruinErgo and Workers' Compensation.

Office Ergonomics

The explosion of computer technology in the workplace is truly astounding. You can’t function in today’s office without interacting with a computer. Unfortunately, the single greatest oversight in computer education is the limited information about how to properly integrate the human body with the mesh of electronic nirvana. This is where ergonomics comes in. And, as with any other “manual on the human body”, ergonomics is a vast topic that requires individual tailoring.


Chair Lab Registration

A Chair Lab is a one-on-one meeting with an Ergonomist to help you decide on the right chair when you
are in need of a new one. Use Worksafe and the instructions below to sign up.

Once you're signed in, start by selecting Schedule from the menu on the left sidebar.

Click on the training you would like to attend then click Register in the pop-up window.

You will receive a confirmation pop-up indicating successful enrollment into the course. This pop-up also
supplies a link to download an ics Calendar file that can be used to add the event to your calendar. You
should also receive a confirmation email to the address on file.
add to calendar



Break Reminder Software

(UCLA Employees Only)


UCLA Ergonomics now offers CtrlWORK: break reminder software and personal efficiency solution for the work place. This simple, yet powerful tool will help increase your productivity and comfort while using your computer throughout the day. As the demands for our time continue to grow, we tend to take fewer rest breaks. However, studies show that taking small breaks and refreshers at regular intervals throughout our workday greatly improves our efficiency and overall health.

The UCLA ergonomics team encourages you to install & utilize this software to assist you in maintaining your rest breaks. CtrlWORK will analyze your work patterns and then provide you with prompts as to when you should take quick physical or mental refreshers, as well as direct you to perform small but effective stretches to reduce your probability of discomfort and keeping you energized throughout the day.

Read more: CtrlWORK

Standing vs. Sitting at Work

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No one will stand all day when they have the opportunity to sit. This is because the body works harder when standing than when sitting. However, work production studies indicate that workers are more efficient when they stand to work. So how do you decide between the two? Consider these general guidelines.

Read more: Standing vs. Sitting at Work

4 Steps to Setup Your Workstation 

Whether you are a new employee or at a new workstation there are a 4 ergonomic points to keep in mind. Follow these 4 easy steps to help set up your computer workstation.  

Read more: Steps for setting up your computer workstation

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Selecting a Chair

Consider your work tasks, and your body size and shape, when choosing a chair. A single size or type of chair is not appropriate for all tasks, and cannot suit all body shapes and sizes.When you sit to perform a task, your spine is most comfortable when it's in "neutral posture", a slightly reclined sitting position.The following adjustment options can help you maintain "neutral posture".

Read more: Selecting a Chair

Tips for Computer Users

Repetitive and prolonged use of a computer keyboard and/or mouse can lead to muscle aches and discomfort. Posture and positioning are important.
Try to incorporate the following tips into your work style to avoid problems.

  • Sit all the way back in the chair against the backrest.
  • Keep your knees equal to, or lower, than your hips with your feet supported.
  • Keep your elbows in a slightly open angle (100° to 110°) with your wrists in a straight position. The keyboard tilt can help you attain the correct arm position. A negative tilt (front of keyboard higher than back) helps when working in upright sitting positions. If you recline, a positive tilt (front of the keyboard lower than the back) might be necessary.
  • Keep the mouse and keyboard within close reach.
  • Center the most frequently used section of the keyboard directly in front of you.
  • Center the monitor in front of you at arm's length distance and position the top of the monitor 2” to 3” above seated eye level. You should be able to view the screen without turning or tilting your head up or down.
  • Place source documents on a document folder positioned between your monitor and keyboard. If there is not enough space, place documents on an elevated surface close to your screen.
  • Float your arms above the keyboard and keep your wrist straight when keying.
  • If you use a palmrest, use it to support your palms when pausing, not while keying.
  • Hit the keyboard keys with light force. The average user keys four times harder than necessary.
  • Keep your wrists straight and hands relaxed when using your pointer.
  • Don't hold the pointer with a tight grip or extend fingers above the activation buttons.
  • Avoid moving the pointer with your thumb or wrist. Movement should originate at your shoulder and elbow.
  • Reduce keystrokes with macros and software programs such as voice recognition. Reduce pointing device movement with scroll locks and keystroke combinations.
  • The screen font, contrast, pointer size, speed, and color can be adjusted to maximize comfort and efficiency.
  • Place your monitor away from bright lights and windows. Use an optical glass glare filter when necessary.
  • Take eye breaks and intermittently refocus on distant objects. Try palming your eyes in your hands to reduce eye fatigue.
  • Take 1 or 2 minute breaks every 20-30 minutes, and 5 minute breaks every hour.
  • Take eye breaks and intermittently refocus on distant objects. Try palming your eyes in your hands to reduce eye fatigue.
  • Sitting on your wallet may cause pain, tingling, and numbness in the gluteal muscles. Any pelvic tilt caused by your wallet may also lead to imbalanced muscle strain in your back and hips.
  • To relieve pain associated with wallet-related imbalances, carefully stretch your hamstrings and hip muscles. Also consider the Piriformis Stretch to focus on your deeper gluteal muscles. 

  • Non-prectiptive medication or wrist splints can often be more harmful than helpful. If you begin to develop symptoms, seek help.
  • Early intervention can prevent future problems.
  • Stay in shape by stretching and exercising regularly. Stretches and exercises can be found on our website.

Tips for Pointing Devices 

Web surfing and computer software have resulted in prolonged or repetitive use of pointing devices such as mice and trackballs. Upper extremity, shoulder, and back discomfort can result from improper or prolonged use of these devices. Here are some tips to prevent problems.

Read more: Tips for Pointing Devices

Postural Guide

Always check your working position when using a computer. To avoid unnecessary discomfort, make sure the following key principles are in place.

Read more: Computer User Postural Guide