Team Training and Mentoring
Ergonomics is most successful when all levels and functions within an organization are involved in its implementation. The ergonomics team pulls together representatives from all appropriate areas in a department or facility that play a critical role in the success of an ergonomics program. The team or teams are typically responsible for identifying, prioritizing, analyzing, and correcting ergonomic hazards or deficiencies in the workplace. Close communication and feedback loops between employees, supervisory, medical, engineering, and management personnel are vital when trying to maintain an ergonomics mentality.
The ergonomics services provided by the Center are designed to develop and enhance the team approach within an organization. If your team is just in its beginning stages, we can help you develop the knowledge and skills to perform the key duties of an ergonomics team. And, we are here if you ever get stuck – helping with an analysis, solution development and design, or validation and justification of your recommendations.
The Center is here to be part of Your Team. Our Team Training typically includes the following content, but can be customized to fit your organization.
Introduction to Ergonomics
- Define ergonomics
- Changes to the workplace
- Impact on the worker
- Historical and current perspectives
- Ergonomics Team Responsibilities
Work Physiology – Understanding the Human System
- Fatigue and recovery
- Cumulative trauma disorders vs. acute trauma
- Pain in the workplace
- Typical workplace injuries and illnesses
- Workplace accommodation
- Impact of disorders on the job analysis and solution development process
- Classical ergonomics stressors – force, posture, and repetition
- Workplace factors – the characteristics of the workplace that impact task (height, reach, activity e.g. bench assembly, maintenance, etc.)
- Personal stressors – the individual factors associated with each person
- Considerations when identifying stressors
Identifying Ergonomic Problems
- Utilizing incidence trends information
- Utilization of plant data
- Establishing goals with a prioritization worksheet
Hands-on lab to review information and establish priorities within the plant.
- Introduction to the Center’s job & workstation analysis tool
- Qualitative and Quantitative analysis
- Determining root cause
- Analysis techniques
- Data collection, equipment and measurement
Hands-on lab to analyze a job or task in the plant.
Advanced Job Analysis Tools
- Discussion of common job analysis tools
- Overview of basic tool characteristics
- Pros/cons of tools
- Tools to be discussed include:
- NIOSH Lifting Equation
- Lift/Lower/Push/Pull/Carry Tables
- Strain Index
- Anthropometric Data
Hands-on labs for each analysis tool.
Ergonomics Solution Development
- Engineering controls
- Administrative controls
- Work practice controls
- Basic Workstation Design and Layout
- Hand tool design and selection
Hands-on lab for control development for evaluated jobs.
Project Justification and Evaluation
- Justifying ergonomic projects
Communication and Documentation
- Tracking team activities and results
- Selling ergonomics successes internally