ErgoCruz Program

ErgoCruz is a comprehensive preventive office/computer ergonomics program offered by UCSC Safety, Wellness, and Injury Management, offering training, resources and support to UCSC employees.

Online Training and Self-Assessment

All UCSC employees who use a computer as part of their regular 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 guidance and recommendations on how to improve your computer workstation set up for improved comfort, safety and efficiency. The assessment asks simple questions aimed at identifying your indivdual risk areas and provides education targeted at your identified needs and risks. There is also information and demonstrations on 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 titled "Healthy Working".

Enter you CruzID and Gold password to log into the UCSC Learning Center to complete the ergonomic Assessment and Training Module. Review "Your Healthy Working Plan" and make the recommended changes with the help of your supervisor.

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: help@ucsc.edu

If you have questions about the UCSC online ergonomic training and self assessment program or process, contact the Campus Ergonomist at 459-5430.

Departmental Ergonomic Assessor and ErgoCruz Matching Funds Program

To support UCSC employees in ergonomic well-being the Safety, Wellness, and Injury Management Team has developed the Departmental Ergonomic Assessor and ErgoCruz Matching Funds Program which aims to reduce repetitive strain injuries.

The program aims to train one or more members of each campus department as a Departmental Ergonomic Assessors (DEA) who can then perform ergonomic evaluations for other department staff. Based on the 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 becoming a DEA for your department, contact the Campus Ergonomist at 459-5430 for more information on how to get started. 

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

Employees in departments without a DEA, will be required to first complete the online ergonomic assessment and training. Once completed, an ergonomic evaluation can be scheduled by the employee or their manager by contacting the Campus Ergonomist at 459-5430.

DEA Forms and Resources

Resource needs for Remote Worksites

Ergonomic Showroom

NOTE: Due to Covid-19 mitigation actions, the Ergonomic Showroom is closed until further notice.

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 at 459-5430.

 

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.