Ergonomics refers to the science of creating efficient working environments. More specifically, the purpose of ergonomics is to find the best way to make a job safer and more comfortable for an employee. This is done by designing an employee's working situation - including their workspace, their tools, their tasks, etc. - to meet their individual needs, capabilities and limitations.

There are several goals to ergonomics in the workplace:

  • Reduce discomfort
  • Reduce stress
  • Eliminate injuries
  • Improve job satisfaction
  • Boost productivity

In California, ergonomics is covered under Title 8, Section 5110. of the California Code of Regulations.

CDU maintains a guide to ergonomics available in the Human Resources department or it can be downloaded by following the link. HR- Ergonomic Information Guide.pdf