This comprehensive workshop guides participants through each facet of the cyclic ergonomics process from basic ergonomics principles through control development and workstation design guidelines. This workshop meets the objectives of the OSHA #2255 Principles of Ergonomics course.
Purpose: To introduce the participants to basic ergonomic principles and addresses topics such as: musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), identifying and prioritizing ergonomic stressors, determining root causes, analysis techniques, developing appropriate control measures, cost justification, and design criteria. This workshop prepares the participants to work in a team environment to conduct ergonomics assessments for the control of risk factors that cause WMSDs. The course mixes lecture and laboratory to allow all participants to apply techniques.
Objectives: After attending this course, participants will be able to:
- Describe elements of the client’s ergonomics process and how individual employees can support it.
- Define ergonomics and why it is important.
- Define MSDs and give examples.
- List MSD symptoms and explain the importance of early reporting.
- Identify risk factors that contribute to WMSDs.
- Explain the importance of working in neutral postures and how it affects fatigue.
- Appropriately prioritize jobs based upon risk factors present, injury data, and interviews with employees/supervisors.
- Use the Industrial Ergonomics Screening Tool to perform general ergonomic assessments.
- Use the Strain Index and RULA Assessment Tools to analyze jobs with ergonomic risk factors associated with the upper extremities.
- Use the NIOSH Lifting Guidelines and Manual Materials Handling Tables to analyze jobs with ergonomic risk factors associated with the low back.
- Learn to utilize the Center’s software tool (ErgoDATA) for ergonomics analysis.
- Use problem solving teams to develop appropriate intervention strategies for the reduction of WMSD risk factors.
- Support the deployment of the site ergonomics process.
- Learn about workstation design criteria and hand tool design
Classes are held from 8:00AM – 5:30PM Monday through Wednesday and
8:00AM – 12:30PM on Thursday.
- $1800 or $1400 with a Professional Membership included
- 3.0 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) awarded through NC State University
- 4 Days, 30 Instructional Hours – 30 MESH Hours (Manager of Environmental Safety and Health)