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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 and fatigue, and improve productivity and employee job satisfaction.

UC Merced's Ergonomics Program

The UC Merced Office of Environmental Health & Safety has implemented an online assessment/training tool called Ergonomic Computer Assisted Training, or ErgoCat, using the Healthy Working program. ErgoCat's goal is to prevent repetitive motion injuries associated with ergonomic risks of computer use and conserve human and fiscal resources.

EH&S can also offer help to people working in labs or at other jobs requiring lifting or other strenuous tasks.

For more information about ErgoCat or the Ergonomics Program, contact us at or call 209-228-3746(ERGO), 209-228-3347.