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What Is Ergonomics?

Ergonomics is an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely.  The Ergonomics Program provides employees with ergo-friendly solutions to a variety of work-related problems. Our goal is to fit work to workers in order to make their jobs safer, more comfortable and more efficient.

Who Can Benefit from Ergonomics?

Employees such as landscapers, plumbers, electricians, and mailroom workers who work in awkward postures or lifts heavy loads can be at risk of injury. Information on ergonomic lifting techniques, providing specialty tools, and automating work when possible can reduce risk injuries.

Office workers should be aware of the proper selection, organization, and use of office equipment. One size does not fit all, and the ergonomic team identifies chairs, input devices, keyboards, and postural changes needed to support employees’ comfort at work. 

Most laboratory injuries occur in the form of slow-forming strains associated with poor body mechanics and repetitive motions. Lab workers should be aware of proper microscope posture and pipetting techniques.

The UCLA Ergonomics Website is designed to provide workers with practical information on ergonomics. In addition to Healthy Working, a self-assessment tool, the  website includes helpful information on work techniques, equipment, and injury prevention and exercises for all types of workers. UCLA employees are invited to contact us for free consultations.