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CSUSM Ergonomic Program

What is Ergonomics?

Ergonomics tries to fit the work environment to the employee, rather than the employee to the work environment. Ergonomics involves designing/arranging work activities to help reduce injury.

Under the auspices of Safety, Health & Sustainability (SH&S), CSUSM’s ergonomic program hopes to:

  • Prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)
  • Minimize risk of repetitive motion injuries (RMIs)
  • Increase productivity and job satisfaction
  • Increase/enhance comfort and safety
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Regulatory Authority

  • The campus’ ergonomic program is in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Cal-OSHA industry guidelines.
  • Cited regulatory rules provide specific and helpful direction for abatement, in order to assist employers and employees in minimizing ergonomic-related physical impairment.
    • OSHA (Federal) Requirement: Under the General Duty Clause, OSH Act of 1970, Section 5(a)(1), employers are obligated to keep workplaces free from serious hazards.
    • Cal-OSHA Requirement: CCR Title 8, Section 5110 calls for employers to establish procedures designed to minimize risk of RMIs. The programs developed shall include training of employees, worksite evaluations, and control of exposures which may cause RMI injuries.