Consulting Services

Consulting Services

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.  


Tier 1: Human Factors & Ergonomics

Assessments & Analyses

  • Work area assessment and intervention for a group of workers

  • Job analyses of a group of tasks or processes using semi-quantitative exposure/risk assessment methods

  • Ergonomics Program assessment

  • 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

Fee Schedule

All consulting engagements take the form of ongoing service contracts or research sponsorship for project based work.

Tier 1 Services - $200 per hour for senior ergonomist

Tier 2 Services - $250 per hour

Discounted rates may apply for projects with larger scopes

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Contributing team members:

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