Ergonomics studies how job processes, tools, and equipment can be made to fit the needs of the human body. Poor ergonomic design in offices, factories, and other workplaces can cause serious health problems, ranging from strained backs to repetitive stress injuries (RSIs).
According to OSHA, RSIs and similar work-related musculoskeletal disorders are growing faster than any other type of job injury in the U.S.
LOHP provides training and technical assistance on ergonomics to unions, employers, and others. Past projects included joint work with the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, AFL-CIO, to present “training of trainer” ergonomics classes for union members. We also conducted ergonomics workshops for home care workers in Alameda County (members of Service Employees International Union Local 616) and for office workers at the University of California, Berkeley.