OSHA #2255 - Principles of Ergonomics 

This course covers the use of ergonomic principles to recognize, evaluate, and control work place conditions. Topics include work physiology, anthropometry, musculoskeletal disorders, use of video display terminals, and risk factors such as vibration, temperature, material handling, repetition, and lifting and transfers in health care. Course emphasis is on industrial case studies covering analysis and design of work stations and equipment, laboratory sessions in manual lifting, and coverage of current OSHA compliance policies. A laptop computer wit WiFi capability is highly recommended. 

This course is taught through our partnership with CORR-Center for Organizational Risk Reduction.

  • Discuss the current medical characteristics of cumulative trauma disorders associated with employee exposure, incidence and symptoms
  • Identify environmental, physiological, and work station characteristics recognized to have the potential to contribute to acute injury or cumulative trauma disorders
  • Recommend improvements to work practice to reduce risk factors
  • Recommend improvements to equipment (design) to reduce risk factors
  • Analyze manual lifting tasks and estimate reasonable lifting limits
  • Describe the advantages and limitations of personal protective equipment for ergonomic risk factors
  • Describe the essential elements of an effective ergonomic program, if given management support
  • Discuss current emphasis of OSHA with respect to enforcement policy
  • Earn 2.1 CEU's

Course Topics

  • Ergonomic health hazards
  • Risk factors
  • Materials handling
  • Evaluation of tasks
  • NIOSH findings
  • Upper-limb disorders
  • Evaluation of upper-limb tasks

  • Office ergonomics
  • Work/tools
  • Risk-factor analysis
  • Case study
  • Resources
  • Ergonomic program
  • Guidelines

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