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What is ergonomics?

Ergonomics is the science of adapting the work environment to fit the employee. It focuses on designing workstations, tools and tasks for safety, efficiency and comfort. Efficient ergonomic designs and work practices reduce occupational injuries, discomfort, fatigue, and improve productivity and employee job satisfaction.

Ergonomics at UC Merced

ErgoCat is an online ergonomic assessment/training tool designed to help reduce the risk that you develop any repetitive motion injuries while using your computer. In August of 2007, the University of California contracted with Remedy Interactive (RI) to implement RI’s interactive online injury prevention program throughout the UC system. Risk Services in the Office of the President and the UC Merced Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) have implemented this program here as Ergonomic Computer Assisted Training, or ErgoCat. The goal of ErgoCat is to prevent repetitive motion injuries associated with ergonomic risks of computer usage and, thus, conserve human and fiscal resources.

For more information about ErgoCat or the Ergonomics Program, contact us at or by calling (209) 228-ERGO.


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