ErgoCruz Matching Funds Program

ErgoCruz is the branding for the entire preventive office/computer ergonomics program at UCSC. There are a number of features, services, and program areas available to UCSC employees.

Online Training and Self-Assessment

All UCSC employees who use a computer as part of their normal work activities are strongly encouraged to complete the UCSC online computer ergonomics training and self-assessment. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. You can review it at any time at your convenience. The training provides a wealth of tips and ideas on how to improve your computer workstation set up to improve comfort, safety and efficiency. The assessment portion asks simple questions that will help pinpoint your personal risk areas and provides education targeted at your identified needs and risks. There is also information and demonstrations of healthy stretches to improve your comfort and well being at the computer. You will also receive personalized follow-up recommendations and periodic reminders to update your profile and note any changes that have taken place in your workstation. Often employees are empowered to completely resolve their ergonomic issues at their desk after completing this training. There is also instruction on where to go to get more assistance if needed.

To sign up for the training and self assessment, go to UCSC online ergonomic training.

Enter you CruzID and Gold password to log into the UCSC Learning Center to access the ergonomic Assessment and Training Module.

NOTE: If you have forgotten your CruzID Gold password or need to set that up You can do so at the ITS accounts webpage, or email ITS at:

If you have questions about the UCSC online ergonomic training and self assessment program or process, contact the Campus Ergonomist.

Departmental Ergonomic Assessor and Matching Funds Program

The Safety, Wellness, and Injury Management Team invites you to participate in ErgoCruz, a program aimed at reducing repetitive strain injuries.

Our goal is to train one or more Departmental Ergonomic Assessors (DEAs) for every campus department. As soon as your designated DEA is trained, he or she can begin performing ergonomic evaluations for your staff. Based on your DEA's recommendations, we will provide an opportunity for cost-sharing for ergonomic equipment. See ErgoCruz Matching Funds Application for current cost-sharing terms and limits.

If you are a manager seeking to improve your department's ergonomics or a staff member interested in participating in this positive, helpful role in your department, contact the Campus Ergonomist at 9-5430 for more information on how to get started. 

Before receiving the new ergonomic equipment recommended by the DEA, each employee must complete the UCSC "Workplace Safety Plus/Healthy Working" online ergonomic assessment and training. You will be required to sign in using your CruzID and Gold Password.

For employees in departments without a DEA, you may still request an ergonomic evaluation from your supervisor and have them contact the Campus Ergonomist. You are required to complete the online training and self-assessment before being seen. Please note that the matching-funds program is only available to departments with active DEAs.

DEA Forms and Resources

Ergonomic Showroom

The Ergonomic Showroom is located within the office of Risk Services in H Barn. Furnishings and equipment from the pre-approved product list are on display, including most chair models, keyboards, mice, and headset varieties, along with a selection of keyboard trays, monitor arms, and other office furniture. The room is not open for browsing; these items are available for employees to review in the company of their DEA or the Campus Ergonomist after an evaluation has recommended an equipment change.

The showroom is available by appointment only between 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday-Friday. Appointments are made through either your DEA or through the Campus Ergonomist.


Rest Break Software

Many employees find significant computer ergonomic support by using an innovative product called "RSIGuard". This program includes many user friendly and powerful productivity features and tools. It includes a customizable rest break timer, computer stretching tutor as well as autoclick and keymapping tools to minimize mouse clicking and keystrokes. It is available in a Mac and PC version for a free trial after which individual lifetime licenses can be purchased from the company.