UCSF Ergonomics Consulting Division
Our experienced staff and researchers develop practical solutions for individuals and groups, tools and tasks, programs and processes. Our unique problem solving strategy synthesizes the rigor of research and the corroboration of professional practice.
We serve private and public organizations at regional, national and international levels. The complexity of our service depends on your needs and budget. Some examples of the services we provide are listed below.
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Tier 1: Human Factors & Ergonomics Services
Assessments & Analyses
Work area assessment and intervention for an individual or group of workers
Job analyses of a group of tasks or processes performed by one or more workers using semi-quantitative exposure/risk assessment methods
Ergonomics Program assessment
Return to work evaluations
Product, equipment or tool evaluation using semi-quantitative measures
Programs & Systems
Ergonomics Program strategy
Data analytics of workers compensation data, OSHA 300 logs and onsite physical surveillance data to (re)evaluate, prioritize and drive injury prevention programs and interventions
Participatory ergonomics process/program
Development of design guidelines for furniture, tools, workstations
Unassigned/Agile office area strategy, including furniture and tool/equipment selection
Implementation of programs and/or on-going support and guidance for your team
We design custom solutions based on customer needs.
Group training for workers, supervisors or management on workplace best practices (e.g., Basic Ergo Awareness, Ergo/Safety-Team Prep, Management Prep, Ergo for Design/Procurement)
Intermediate topics for your ergonomics team such as using quantitative tools to measure exposure (e.g., Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation, Revised Strain Index, ACGIH TLV for Hand Activity Level, macro ergonomics, cognitive ergonomics)
Tier 2: Services Utilizing Advanced Equipment, Technology & Methods
Using research-grade equipment and advanced technology for data precision*, we provide quantitative analysis of Tier 1 Services such as:
- Evaluation of products, software, furniture, workstation or workflow
- Human factors usability testing or design
- Task/process analysis (of one task or process performed by one or more workers) including time motion studies
- Physical demand assessment using frame by frame video analysis and/or inertial measuring units
- Job analysis including quantitative exposure and risk assessment
Other Tier 2 services:
- Using digital human modeling and work simulation software for proactive job assessments
- Literature reviews on core topics critical for risk management or product design
- Task/job physical demand allocation for optimization of return to work programs and job design (e.g., distributions of tasks and workload among a group of workers)
- Data processing and statistical analysis
*We use the latest technology and software for our Tier 2 Services to measure
- Biomechanical workload
- Kinematics (joint position/acceleration/velocity) using optotrak motion capture or XSens inertial motion capture systems
- Muscle Activity using Noraxon 16 channel surface electromyography
- Force measurements using AMTI force plate, various load cells or instrumented grip and pinch dynamometers
- Repetition and duty cycle using video analysis software and/or inertial measuring units
- Physiological workload
- Heart rate using Actiheart 24 hour, multi-day beat to beat monitors
- Ambulatory blood pressure using spacelabs 24 hour BP monitoring
- Oxygen consumption using Metamax Ergospirometry
Tier 1 Services - $187 per hour for senior ergonomist, $87 per hour for associate ergonomist
Tier 2 Services - $225 per hour
Discounted rates may apply for projects with larger scopes
Why use UCSF Ergonomics Consulting Services?
The UC Ergonomics Lab is part of the University of California which operates as non-profit organization that prioritizes education, research and service to the community. By utilizing the expertise of the UC Ergo Team, you are supporting our ability to help improve the health, well being and productivity of workers now and in the future.
Our consultants are Board Certified Professional Ergonomists (CPEs) with decades of practical consulting experience and UC Ergonomics Research Lab faculty and graduate students using state-of-the-art measurement tools.
UC graduate students with increasing data analysis skills and proficiency with ergonomics measurement tools may assist in project work as part of their academic experience. Employing graduate students as associate ergonomists in our consulting projects provides unique opportunities for hands on learning, increasing their professionalism and readiness upon graduation and raising the overall level of ergonomics practice in industry. Students work with and are mentored by UC faculty and CPE consultants.
Our lead consultants:
Alan Barr MS
UC Ergonomics Research Lab
Carisa Harris PhD, CPE
Assistant Professor, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Director, Ergonomics Graduate Training Program & Research Lab
Melissa Afterman MS-HFE, CPE
Senior Ergonomist, Consultant
UCSF Ergonomics Research Lab
Meg Honan MS, CPE, PT
Senior Ergonomist, Consultant
UCSF Ergonomics Research Lab
Read more about us on the faculty page.
Contributing team members:
Dr. Jim Potvin PhD, CCPE
Professor Emeritus, McMaster University
Dr. Michelle Robertson PhD, CPE
Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University
Director, Office Ergonomics Research Committee
Dr. Dan Nathan Roberts PhD, CPE
Assistant Professor, San Jose State University
More about our equipment and facility:
Our laboratory has the best equipment to measure exposure and quantify meaningful differences in products, tools, work space modifications or processes and can be used in the field or at our laboratory. The UC Ergo Lab has:
A total of 3,500 square feet of space including conference meeting rooms, office rooms, research laboratory, metal machine shop and wood shop
Motion capture (XSens & Optotrak), electromyography (Noraxon) and video equipment with video editing/processing (Adobe, MVTA) capability
A Larson Davis HVM100 to measure whole body vibration and a Svantek Human Vibration Meter with accelerometers and single axis calibrator for measuring hand/arm vibration
A well equipped machine shop with 2 mills, a drill press, a metal lathe, construction site air compressor, 4 rock drills, 10 hammer drills and a MIG welding station
Computer Assisted Design (CAD) Software (Solidworks) for preparing design drawings and rendering designs in 3D; Matlab and Python which is important for processing analyzing and displaying data; and Stata for statistical analysis
An additional 1000 square feet of space that houses the test bench/jig for testing various tools and their impact on physical exposures. This space is also set up to simulate common work tasks in construction and assembly for research and teaching purposes
In addition to our consulting services, the UC Ergo Lab has graduate students available for internships within your organization. Internship connections provide a rich learning environment for students while growing the ergonomics program within an organization and establishing valuable relationships and future employment opportunities with industry.
All graduate students are placed in a semester long (one day per week) or 8-week summer internship in local companies of various industries as part of their field experience. Interns are mentored by UCSF Ergo Consultants and Faculty.