Profile: Hamid Fonooni
Hamid is a Ergonomics Program Administrator for Occupational Health. He is the only ergonomist for the entire campus.
I joined UC Davis on January 4, 2016. Prior to accepting my position at UC Davis, I was the Program Director at East Carolina University for ten years.
What's your day-to-day role in maintaining university safety?
I serve as the formal campus Ergonomist. UC Davis has only one ergonomist for the entire campus, not including the Medical Center. The Ergonomics Program is part of Occupational Health Services, and provides a variety of services, including office ergonomics evaluations, general ergonomics evaluations, ergonomics training for employees and Safety Coordinators, equipment loaners, and anthropometry measurements. With such a robust program of a variety of services, my day-to-day includes performing several ergonomics evaluations for employees, putting together a written report on my findings, recommending equipment, and providing employees with resources and answers to questions that arise.
"Everyone I have encountered has been super friendly and open, which makes my job wonderful and helps me to get through the day-to-day challenges."
How can employees maintain a safe workplace environment?
The good news is that most, if not all, ergonomics injuries are preventable. It is the responsibility of the employer to provide a safe and healthy work environment for the employees, including proper equipment. It is also the responsibility of the employee to maintain his/her health and well-being by remaining active throughout the day and letting a supervisor know if there is any discomfort or needs for special equipment. Occupational Health offers many activities such as yoga, meditation, and tai chi for employees to take advantage of in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
What's an example of how you delight customers?
I try to be a good listener and attentive to the needs of each of my clients. Individuals who request help typically have some sort of discomfort or pain due to their workstation design, and sometimes from activities outside of work. Speaking to clients face-to-face about the issues that causes the discomfort opens a relationship of trust, and my clients know they can be confident in my recommendations. I do my best to address all concerns, and follow up to make sure the issue has been addressed.
What do you like best about working at UC Davis?
The Occupational Health Services and Environmental Health & Safety colleagues are awesome to work with as a team. Everyone I have encountered has been super friendly and open, which makes my job wonderful and helps me to get through the day-to-day challenges. Occupational Health Services is very unique with the services we offer, so I get to work with a variety of unique professionals.
What's the most challenging part of your job?
Being the only campus ergonomist makes it challenging at times to be able to address all of the campus’ inquiries and needs. There are many staff and faculty members on campus and everyone deserves proper support and assistance to live a healthy lifestyle.
Tell us one thing about yourself that most people wouldn't know.
I own a Honda Magna motorcycle, which I ride to work every day. I always try to be a safe rider!