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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.

 

BruinErgo Training and Risk Assessment

 

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.

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.

Read more: Chair Lab Instructions

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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.

Read more: Tips for Computer Users

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