This a job announcement for an Ergonomic Specialist at University of
California at San Francisco. Please report all inquiries to:

Diane Vogelei, RN, MSN, ANP-C, COHN-S

Assistant Clinical Professor

Manager, Employee and Occupational Health Services

(415) 885-7665 Fax: (415) 771-4472



The Ergonomic Specialist reports to the Manager of Employee and
Occupational Health Services and serves as the Medical Center expert in
Ergonomics. The Ergonomic Specialist will be responsible for the
implementation, oversight and evaluation of the Medical Center Ergonomic
program. Program elements include ergonomic assessment (pre and post
injury), intervention, and education. The Ergonomic Specialist performs
complex and specialized preventative work site evaluations for the Medical
Center; develops and presents educational programs for managers,
supervisors and staff, as well as establishes a train-the-trainer program
to conduct department level ergonomic evaluations.


This position reports to Manager of Employee and Occupational Health
Services. No supervisory responsibility. Works closely with Environmental
Health and Safety, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Services, and UCSF
Medical Center Safety Officer.

of Time Spent

Ergonomic Evaluations: Conducts pre-injury, post-injury and follow-up
ergonomic evaluations. Also conducts ergonomic evaluations and job
analysis to assess potential of a department to provide job accommodations
(ADA). (30%)

Conducts traditional workstation evaluations.
Conducts complex evaluations in in-patient areas focused on the reduction
of back injuries.
Conducts evaluation in other work areas, such a laboratories (pipetting,
bench work).
Review blueprint and construction plans to ensure appropriate ergonomic
considerations are addressed.

Training and Education: Develops and conducts ergonomic training to
individuals, supervisors/managers, departments, professional staff
(in-services), organization, and claim management staff. Conducts
train-the-trainer education. (30%)

∑ Works with interdisciplinary team to develop ergonomic educational
and training programs focused on injury prevention. These include
Train-the-trainer, focused department trainings, as well as, as training
programs designed for managers and supervisors.

Coordination and Program Oversight: Provides administrative oversight to
ergonomic program. Elements include data, cost and system analysis,
tracking and activities, coordination of evaluations conducted by OEH&S,
Physical Therapy and Rehab Services (Faculty Practice), and outside
providers. Track and expedite implementation of ergonomic changes
specified in evaluations. Prepare periodic reports for Ergonomic
Subcommittee. (20%)

∑ Reports on program status and progress.

∑ Assists in developing and revising policies and procedures
regarding ergonomics and injury prevention.

∑ Works with UCSF Medical Center Workersí Compensation Specialist
and Disability Management Services to develop, revise and maintain data
collection and analysis.

∑ Works with Safety Officer, Environmental Health and Safety and
Physical Therapy and Rehab Services to document and track implementation of
ergonomic interventions involving environmental/equipment changes (desks,
keyboards, remodeling, etc.)

∑ Communicates effectively with and is responsive to department
staff, managers, supervisors and employees.

Program Development: Based on data, cost and systems analysis identifies
programmatic needs. Develops and implements recommendations for program
improvement. (20%)

∑ Develops and conducts programs to educate Medical Center
administrators, managers and supervisors regarding work place injury
prevention and reduction.

Committee Membership/Chair: Serves as Chair of the Ergonomic Committee.
Acts as member of the Environment of Care Committee. Participates in the
Subcommittees for Incident and Injury Review and Education and Training.


Perform other duties as assigned.


B.S./B.A. and/or state licensure in one of the following fields: physical
therapy, nursing, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, or occupational therapy
preferred. Specific training is required in the field of ergonomics.
Certification preferred. Must demonstrate knowledge in worksite
evaluations, ability to develop and conduct training programs. Program
development preferred. MA/MS degree preferred or three to five years
experience in ergonomics with experience in complex work site evaluations
(i.e. inpatient nursing, laboratories).


Computer Capabilities: Proven ability to work with spreadsheet,
word-processing, database management systems, email (Outlook), and Power

Communication: Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
Customer/patient focused.

Interpersonal Skills: Team Player, able to work well with peers, patients,
supervisors and managers.

Presentation Skills: Ability to present in small and large group settings.

Education: B.A./B.S. minimum with formal ergonomic training.
Certification preferred.

Licensure: California State Licensure appropriate to field.

Initiative/Ability to work independently: Self-starter.


Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE)

Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN/COHN-S)

Interest in academic setting, mentoring and research.


California Professional Licensure as applicable (RN, PT, OT, IH). National
certification preferred.

California Driverís License, preferred.


Demonstrated ability to provide appropriate care based on the needs of a
specific individual, including the patientís age. Population served is
working adults.


The physical demands and work environment described here are representative
of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the
essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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