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Ergonomics: Training

Get ergonomic training to prevent work-related muscular and skeletal strain, discomfort, and injury.

Note: Supervisors of employees covered by the clerical contract (CUE) have special ergonomic training responsibilities.

Ergonomic Training Resources


Required

Computer Ergonomics Tier 1 Evaluation and Training

Required for staff represented by Coalition of University Employees (CUE) who work more than 60% of their normal work schedule at a video display terminal. This is an eCourse.

Recommended for any employee who works at the computer for 4 or more hours per day and those who supervise them. Also intended for those who want more in-depth information on ergonomic principles in order to identify and perform basic interventions for workers at computer workstations.

This eCourse simultaneously evaluates your computer workstation and teaches you basic ergonomic principles.

Based on your answers in the tutorial, a Personal Ergonomic Recommendation Report will be generated for you at the end of the course. It is your ergonomic evaluation report. Implement the recommendations including workplace adjustments, additional equipment, and behavioral changes.

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Recommended

Laboratory Ergonomics

Recommended for those working in research laboratories and performing prolonged tasks such as pipetting, microscopy, dissection, and other repetitive procedures. You will learn how to set up functional workstations, use proper body mechanics, and how to prevent cumulative trauma disorders. This is instructor-led training specific for the work performed.

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Maintaining a Healthy Back

Recommended for UCSD personnel who lift, carry, or perform other activities that may place demands on the back. This is an eCourse.

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Pain Away Classes

Learn how to use popular foam roller and softball tools (provided in class) to release musculoskeletal tightness and discomfort. Read more about Pain Away classes. This is instructor-led training.

How to get training:

  • Register for Pain Away course on UC Learning Center.

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Related resources

Self-Help Training Options

Take advantage of these self-help Web-based training options at your convenience.

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Custom Group Training

Have an ergonomic specialist present group training in your workplace, focusing on the tasks and equipment your group uses. Group sessions are often the best use of everyone's training time, and often the most successful way supervisors and safety coordinators can get employees to a training seminar.

How to get training:

  • You need at least 6 participants.
  • E-mail your request to ehsih@ucsd.edu, including:
    • Your name
    • Department
    • Phone number and e-mail address
    • Building and room number

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Become a Department Ergonomic Evaluator

Become a Department Ergonomic Evaluator capable of performing computer workstation evaluations for your work unit. This is instructor-led training.

Recommended for those who want more in-depth information on ergonomic principles in order to identify and perform basic interventions for workers at computer workstations. Also intended for supervisors, departmental buyers, departmental safety coordinators (DSC's), computer resource specialists, and others who would be interested in becoming designated ergonomic assessors within their work units.

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Ergonomics Resource Fund

Campus-funded employees can apply for ergonomic resource funding from Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) to help purchase ergonomically-designed products exclusively from Marketplace.

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Notice: Ergonomics information, training, and services are intended exclusively for UC San Diego employees and affiliates.