“Through research, education and community outreach, we aim to understand the mechanisms leading to Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMSDs), then identify and evaluate equipment designs and work practices that reduce the risk of WRMSDs and contribute to the health and wellbeing of workers, while optimizing their performance.”

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Our academic training spans multiple departments at UC Berkeley and offers excellent opportunities for a broader degree in Environmental Health Sciences or Engineering with a concentration in Ergonomics. Our students leave prepared for the ergonomics associate/professional certification examination.


Our laboratory facilitates research in occupational biomechanics, physiology, hand computer interaction and prevention through design.  Our expertise in environmental health sciences, engineering and medicine provide broad opportunities for research that has deep and lasting impact.


Our team has expertise in design, data analysis, job analysis, intervention assessment and education and we provide a variety services for regional, national and international companies.  Below is a list of services that we can provide.

Recent Publications

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Koyuncu A, Bates M, Petrin Z, Cope M, McCoy S, Prata N, Sijali T, Harris Adamson C. Heavy load carrying and musculoskeletal health: An exploratory study of biomechanical risk factors among sand miners in Pokhara, Kaski District, Nepal. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 2021; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ergon.2021.103187

Harris-Adamson C, Meyers A, Bonfiglioli R, Kapellusch J, Dale AM, Thiese M, Fethke N, Eisen E, Bao S, Evanoff B, Hegmann K, Gerr F, Violante FS, Rempel D. Comparison of the 2001 and 2018 ACGIH TLV for Hand Activity and risk of carpal tunnel syndrome across pooled multi-national prospective studies.  21st Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, Vancouver, June 13 – 18, 2021

Dominguez CZ*, Pacini A*, Stock L, Harris-Adamson C, Costello S. “A survey of California grocery workers work experience during the COVID-19 pandemic: implications for policy.” New Jobs, Novel Technologies, and Changing Hazards at Work and in the Environment and Updates in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, UCSF CME (March 2021).

Okoro J*, Ballen B, Afterman M, Harris Adamson C, Robertson M.  Applying a systems approach to developing interventions to increase physical activity among primary school children while distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic- the Stand Up Kids Study.  In: Black NL, Neumann  WP, Noy I, eds., Proceedings of the 21st Congress of the International Ergonomics Association. Volume II: Inclusive Design. Springer Nature, Cham, Switzerland, 2021, 88-94.

ERGO Team in Action