Workplace Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the study of people and their interaction with the elements of their job, including equipment, tools, facilities, processes, and environment; in a more practical sense, ergonomics is the science of human comfort. When aspects of the work or workplace insult the human body, the result is often a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD). To help avoid MSDs, work demands should not exceed the physical capabilities of the worker. These injuries belong to a group of wear-and-tear illnesses that can affect muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage, blood vessels or spinal discs of the body.

As a small business owner or manager, applying ergonomic principles to the workplace can reduce the number and severity of MSDs, thus decreasing workers’ compensation claims and increasing productivity and efficiency of your staff. An ergonomically sound work environment maximizes employee comfort while minimizing the risk of undue physical stress.

CALI members who use State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) for their worker’s compensation insurance are eligible to receive a complimentary consultation with an ergonomist, a trained ergonomics professional. As part of your consultation, the ergonomist can assist you in setting up an ergonomics program tailored to your company. Please contact CALI Safety Director, Robert Rice, at [email protected] for more details.

We also have a PDF of the full Ergonomics Presentatieon given by John DePierre.

Ergonomist – Northern California
John DePierre, ARM
Designed Employment Practice
P.O. Box 172 El Dorado, CA 95623
530-400-8697 Mobile
530-621-2462 Fax

Ergonomist – Southern California
Mary Vreeland
3601 Pine Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
[email protected]

For further resources, including a sample written ergonomics program, visit the SCIF ergonomics page.


Files related to CALI's Safety Program
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Sample Workplace Violence Prevention Policy DOC (30 KB) Administration 12/16/2010
Injury and Illness Prevention Program PDF (113.49 KB) 
Injury and Illness Prevention Program presentation from the 2010 Annual Conference. 
Administration 10/21/2010

Ergonomics Presentation PDF (381.08 KB)
Ergonomics Defined:
The Science relating persons and their work, including the factors affecting the efficient use of human energy.

Administration 10/7/2010