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Ergonomics Process Overview

The County of Monterey Ergonomics process was developed to comply with California Occupational Safety and Health Standards, Title 8; and designed to prevent or mitigate the negative impacts of work related musculoskeletal hazard and repetitive motion injury. The process is based on employee participation which addresses concerns in a positive and preventive manner whenever possible.

An ergonomic evaluation may be requested for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Employee concern about workstation set up 
  • Employee concern with physical discomfort (early symptoms) 
  • New or revised process, procedure or task (for industrial type jobs) 
  • New hire employee 
  • Workers’ compensation claim 
  • Non-occupational injury, illness or disability 
  • As part of the interactive process (ADA) 
  • As part of a facility renovation and planning process

 *Note: If you have had a previous ergonomic evaluation please check with your Supervisor and/or your department’s Workers’ Comp Coordinator to review your prior ergonomic evaluation to ensure that all recommendations (e.g., desk and monitor height, and maintaining all equipment within reach) have been implemented, including changes you need to make in posture, etc., before requesting a new ergonomic evaluation.

Make your request by completing the on-line request form. The Ergonomic Evaluation Request Form will need to be filled out electronically and submitted to your supervisor via email.  Supervisor will submit the approved request to the Ergo Desk via email. Please allow up to 7 days for your request to process from the date your supervisor submits to the Ergo Desk. You will then receive an email and be asked to complete an ergonomics self-assessment of your work area with instructions.  Please be sure to follow the instructions as the process has recently changed.  When all required documents have been completed (Ergo request form, self-assessment part 1 and 2) and received by the Ergo Desk, you will be scheduled in the order received.

Three levels of intervention are offered:

  • Early Preventive Eval (Level I) – In-house evaluation by a trained ergonomic evaluator (county employee, contracted Ergonomist) to give you instruction on safe work practices and how to set up and use your existing equipment effectively.
  • Ergonomics Investigation (Level II) - Evaluation provided by a contracted Ergonomist in response to expressed reporting of early symptoms or a non-occupational medical condition.
  • Workers’ Compensation Evaluation (Level III) - Evaluation provided by a contracted Ergonomist in response to expressed reporting of a work-related injury resulting in a workers’ comp claim that has resulted in the need for medical care and/or lost time.

Following the evaluation:

  • You receive a notice of completion of your report and arrange to meet with your manager to discuss and sign off on the report and recommendations.
  • Products are recommended for purchase in some cases.
  • Register for the appropriate trainings.

Following receipt of your products (if recommended):

  • Read instructions or use online website instructions regarding equipment use
  • Set up for correct use
For more information, visit the links to the left.