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Ergonomics: Training

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

UC San Diego trainings offer everything from the basics of office/home ergonomics to being a Department Ergonomic Evaluator. In addition, campus-funded employees can apply for ergonomic resource funding from Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) to help purchase ergonomically-designed products.

Office Ergonomics Self-Assessment 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.

UC Employees can perform an ergonomic office self-assessment online to assist with identifying ergonomic related risks and helpful ergonomic solutions. An updated Web-based Office Ergonomics Training is also available.

Ergonomic Office Self-Assessment

The self-assessment helps identify ergonomic risks, such as repetitive tasks that can cause injuries, improper work area setup, and improper use of tools, which can result in the development of ergonomic work-related injuries including repetitive stress injuries and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

Ergonomic Office Training

The RSS Ergonomics Training Modules help identify various ergonomic best practices and workable ergonomic solutions.

Employees can access these ergonomic related resources via RSS Computer Ergonomics Solutions. Accessible 24/7 from a computer, RSS Computer Ergonomics is an online solution that provides insights into how an employee’s workstation fits and meets their needs.

How to get training and complete a self-assessment:

  1. Access the RSS Computer Ergonomics Assessment website
  2. Log in with your campus sign-on credentials
  3. Select Computer Ergonomics Self-Assessment on the right hand navigation menu
  4. Then select Start Assessment and Continue to go through the training and then the assessment

RSS Application Portal

Note:  This Self-Assessment and Training replaces the Healthy Working Office Ergonomics Self-Evaluation and Training

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.

How to get training:

Maintaining a Healthy Back

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

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Other Web-based Training Options and Resources

Take advantage of these web-based training options at your convenience.

How to get training:

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.
  • Email your request using the email at the bottom of this page, including:
    • Your name
    • Department
    • Phone number and e-mail address
    • Building and room number

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.

How to get training:

Campus Funded employees contact EH&S Ergo Team


For UCSD Health or Medical Center-Funded Employees, please visit UCSD Health Ergonomic Evaluation Request or contact if you have questions.

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