Industrial Ergonomics Process Workshop (IEPW)
October 26 @ 8:00 am - October 29 @ 12:30 pm
This comprehensive workshop guides participants through each facet of the cyclic ergonomics process from basic ergonomics principles through control development and workstation design guidelines.
A practical approach to controlling musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace starts with an Ergonomics Program and Ergonomics Team. A detailed ergonomics process must be in place in order to effectively introduce ergonomics into the workplace. Participants are taught the components of successful ergonomics teams and ergonomics programs to help jump-start ergonomics initiatives in their workplace.
The next step is identifying the problem. Participants are taught how to identify problem areas and use basic job analysis techniques to help Screen and Prioritize their efforts. The Industrial Ergonomics Screening Tool is presented as a first pass to identifying jobs with ergonomic risk in the workplace. Many jobs require concentrated evaluation effort requiring more in depth “deep-dive” analysis tools. Participants learn how to select and utilize key Ergonomics Analysis tools to define workplace risk, evaluate hand/wrist intensive tasks, and quantify manual materials handling activities. Participants are encouraged to bring videotapes of their own working environments as workshop exercises utilize videotape analysis, allowing participants to apply the techniques discussed. Hands-on workshops also help participants hone their analysis skills. The analysis tools covered include:
- Center Industrial Ergonomics Screening Tool
- NIOSH Lifting Equation and Composite Lifting Index
- Liberty Mutual Manual Material Handling Tables
- Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA)
- Strain Index
- Muscle Fatigue Analysis
Participants understand the basics of each ergonomics assessment tool, members of the Ergonomics Center learn how to effectively utilize the Ergonomics Center’s software tools (ErgoDATA) for ergonomics analysis. ErgoDATA aides the user with ergonomics analysis tool selection by guiding the user through an analysis pathway.
Once the analysis is performed, the ergonomics team should devise a plan to implement Control Measures. Possibly the most pivotal stage of an ergonomics process is transforming the recommendations from concept to reality.Workstation Design guidelines allow participants to develop a solution that is feasible, effective, and justifiable. Participants will employ guidelines and specifications to create feasible solutions with the first iteration. The Implementation and Verification of solutions and follow-up timelines will also be discussed. Special control measures for specific populations, such as the aging workforce, will also be presented. The Ergonomics Center’s Industrial Technology Showcase provides a hands-on introduction to potential solutions by allowing participants to explore numerous ergonomics tools and products.
Classes are held from 8:00AM – 5:30PM Monday through Wednesday and
8:00AM – 12:30PM on Thursday.