Ergonomics is an applied science that focuses on fitting jobs and environments to the people that interact and work in them. The results of science and research have helped direct the development of ergonomics design guidelines and provide critical information to the design team. Collaborating with the architects, project managers, interior designers, management and end users will help create innovative designs that are sustainable and positively influence health and performance.
The UC Berkeley campus is committed to designing ergonomic workplaces to reduce the risk of repetitive motion injuries. Ergonomics focuses on incorporating the campus ergonomics strategy of providing adjustability at each computer workstation. Ergonomics also reviews design drawings, equipment specifications and consults with departments, architects, designers and Capital Projects to provide design guidelines for new construction and remodels of existing buildings. The Berkeley Law Library Infill project and the Energy Biosciences Building have received a LEED credit from the United States Green Building Council for the campus ergonomics strategy and their innovative designs. Ergonomics touches many aspects of work and continues to push the envelope in developing guidelines that help fit the person to their work situation.
LEED Credit Criteria for Ergonomics
2016 Campus Ergonomics Strategy for New Construction (projects registered after 10/31/2016)
Projects Receiving LEED Credit for Ergonomics
- LEED Submittal Template
- Narrative for LEED Credit
- Images of Furniture and Equipment
- Drawings of Reference and Checkout Library Counter
- LEED Credit Interpretation Ruling on Ergonomics
- Narrative for LEED Credit
- Images of Furniture and Equipment and Other Supporting Documents
- 2016: Revised language for Ergonomics Pilot Credit 44
- Narrative for LEED Credit (2016) (projects registered after 10/31/2016)
Customer Sales and Service Counters
UC Systemwide Ergonomics Work Group Projects
The System-wide Ergonomics Work Group consists of the ergonomists from the 10 campuses and 5 medical centers at the University of California. Together they work on projects that focus on the high at-risk occupations with the objective of reducing risk factors by developing Best Practices Bulletins, Recommended Product Sheets and Ergonomics Design Guidelines.
- Ergonomics Study of Grounds Positions at the University of California (June 2015)
- Ergonomics Study of Animal Care Positions at the University of California (June 2014)
- Ergonomics Study of Dining Services Positions at the University of California (May 2012)
- Ergonomics Study of Custodial, Housekeeping, and Environmental Service Positions at the University of California (May 2011)