Ergonomics

You + Your Workspace = Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely (Merriam-Webster 2016).  Basically, You + Your Workspace = Ergonomics.

The UC Berkeley, Be Well at Work Ergonomics Program promotes healthy campus work environments through workshops, consultation and coordination of the campus network of departmental computer workstation evaluators. 

All University employees who work on a computer four or more hours a day are required to receive a preventative ergonomic workstation evaluation by a trained computer workstation evaluator. The 20 minute workstation evaluation focuses on your work environment, such as the design and function of your workstation, chair, monitor, keyboard, pointing device, lighting and accessories and how you fit in that space. The goal is to assess, and if possible, eliminate potential ergonomic hazards and provide ergonomic modification recommendations.

COMING SOON -- Work Station Evaluations

  1. Schedule a 20 minute evaluation.
  2. Review and Discuss the recommendations with HR.
  3. Coordinate ordering and installing any changes through HR.

If it’s determined that you require an ergonomic modification, UC Berkeley has funded a Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program that offers up to $500 per employee in matching funds to modify on-site computer workstations. To qualify for matching funds you will need to complete the applicable training and order products from the pre-approved product list. Please go to the following website to learn more about the qualifications for the matching funds program and items on the pre-approved product list.

5 Qualities of a Comfortable Work Station

The chair should firmly support a comfortable upright posture, providing support to the lower and upper back region, while feet are planted flat on the floor with a few inches between the seat pan and the back of the lower leg.

The height should allow the user’s forearms to be approximately parallel to the floor, with their elbows close to their side, promoting a neutral/flat position of the wrists.

Screen height and placement should be at eye level and directly in front of user. (lower for bi-focal wearers).

Wrists should be in the neutral/flat (straight) position while working and resting. Wrist should not come in contact with hard surfaces while resting.

Lighting should provide sufficient light that is properly distributed without creating a glare on the computer screen.