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Ergonomics 101 Fundamentals

Ergonomics is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system; it is concerned with the “fit” between the user, equipment and their environments. Ergonomics takes account of the user’s capabilities and limitations in seeking to ensure that tasks, functions, information and the environment suit each user.

Ergonomics utilizes a systems approach to understand various contributing factors and the interventions needed. Proper ergonomic design is necessary to prevent repetitive strain injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders, which can develop over time and can lead to long-term disability.

Course Description
This course will provide participants with the basic principles and concepts of Ergonomics so that they understand the importance of application of ergonomic principles in the workplace.

Course Length
This course is structured as a one (1) day course but can be modified to meet content and duration requirements. The online version is structured as a two hour course.

Target Audience
This course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of Ergonomics to managers, supervisors and employees.

Pre-requisites
Previous health and safety education and/or experience is an asset but not required.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Basic Ergonomic principles and concepts
  • Importance of Ergonomics in reducing MSI/MSDs
  • Contributing factors towards MSI/MSDs
  • Control programs for MSI/MSDs

Course Topics
Introduction to Ergonomics, Work Related Musculoskeletal Injuries/Disorders (MSI/MSDs), Ergonomic Concepts, Control Programs, Case Studies

Assessment and Completion
Upon successful completion of course materials, students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Principles of OHS Management

An Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) program is a plan of action designed to prevent accidents and occupational diseases. An OHS program relies on commitment, leadership and worker participation to achieve its outcomes. Some form of a program is required under occupational health and safety legislation in most Canadian jurisdictions. A health and safety program must include the elements required by the health and safety legislation as a minimum.

Course Length
This course is structured as a one (1) day course but can be modified to meet content and duration requirements.The online version is structured as a two hour course.

Target Audience
Any employee within a company that has an existing OHS program, or is planning on building an OHS program.

Pre-Requisites
Previous health and safety education and/or experience is an asset but not required.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will understand and be able to communicate BC Health and Safety legislation requirements and its impact on the OHS Management system.

Course Topics

  • Basic Principles of OHS
  • OHS Legislation
  • Due Diligence and Enforcement
  • Fundamentals of an OHS Management Program

Assessment and Completion
Upon successful completion of course materials, students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Joint Safety Committee

A Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) is composed of worker and management representatives and is a primary component of any employer’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) management system. This co-operative involvement ensures that everything possible is done to identify, eliminate or mitigate workplace health and safety hazards.

A JHSC has been a legal requirement for all BC workplaces with 20 or more regularly employed workers and must be given the necessary training to permit them to efficiently and effectively carry out their assigned duties. For smaller companies, a Worker Health and Safety Representative would be appointed in place of a JHSC.

Course Description
This course is designed to introduce an example of a Joint Health and Safety Committee program and to provide all employee levels the tools necessary to develop and implement an OHS program at their workplace.

Course Length
The Joint Health & Safety Committee training course is structured as a one (1) day course but can be modified to meet content and duration requirements. The online version is structured as a three hour course.

Online Joint Health & Safety Committee training and Instructor-led classroom formats are available.

Target Audience
Joint Health & Safety Committee training is designed for employees, managers, supervisors of small to large employers within BC’s manufacturing industry.

Pre-requisites
Previous health and safety education and/or experience is an asset but not required.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the legal roles and responsibilities of a JHSC
  • Identify the requirements to be on and create a JHSC
  • Complete the basic activities required by a JHSC
  • Have an understanding of the advanced activities for a JHSC

Course Topics
Legislation, Selection & Organization, Duties and Functions, JHSC Meetings, Orientation, Training and Education, Teamwork & Teambuilding, Measuring Success

Assessment and Completion
Upon successful completion of course materials, students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Incident Investigation

An incident investigation system is one of the primary tools for identifying preventative solutions after an incident has occurred. The purpose of an incident investigation is to determine the cause or causes of the incident, to identify any unsafe conditions, acts, or procedures that contributed to the incident, and to recommend corrective action to prevent similar incidents.

The results of incident investigations can provide a basis for determining the likelihood of recurrence and for assessing potential severity. Such investigations also provide valuable information to assist in the development of effective controls to prevent future incidents.

Course Description
The course will provide essential knowledge and awareness that will enhance the participant’s ability to participate in the incident/accident investigation component of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) management system.

Course Length
This course is structured as a one (1) day course but can be modified to meet content and duration requirements.This online version is structured as a one four hour course.

Online and Classroom formats are available.

Target Audience
This course is designed for anyone in BC’s manufacturing industry who may be delegated incident/accident investigation responsibilities.

Pre-requisites
Previous health and safety education and/or experience is an asset but not required.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the OHS legal compliance requirements pertaining to incident investigation
  • Explain the basic principles and concepts upon which policy and procedures are established for incident investigation
  • Understand the casual analysis technique for incident investigation

Course Topics
Legal Requirements, Written Program Requirements, Basic Principles of Incident Investigation, Causal Analysis, Investigation Processes

Assessment and Completion
Upon successful completion of course materials, students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Hazard Identification & Control

Accurately identifying, assessing, and controlling hazards is an essential part of a properly functioning Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) program. By identifying hazards at your workplace, you will be better prepared to control or eliminate these hazards, preventing accidents, injuries, property damage and downtime.

Course Description
This course provides the fundamental principles of hazard identification and control. The aim of this course is to provide the participant with the tools and a basic understanding of hazard recognition, risk assessments and the methodology of controls.

Course Length
This course is structured as a one (1) day course but can be modified to meet content and duration requirements. The online version is structured as a four hour day course.

Target Audience
This course is designed for employees, managers, supervisors of small to large employers within BC’s manufacturing industry.

Pre-requisites
Previous health and safety education and/or experience is an asset but not required.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the OHS management system requirements with regards to hazard identification and control
  • Demonstrate the use of a hazard assessment process and control development principles as it pertains to specific hazards associated within the manufacturing industry

Course Topics
Manufacturing and Food Processing Operational Stages and Typical Hazards Involved, Hazard Identification Program Structure, Hazard Control Program Structure, Biological and Psychological Hazards, Risk Assessment Model, Hazards Prioritization

Assessment and Completion
Upon successful completion of course materials, students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Workplace Inspections

Effective workplace inspections are one of the most important incident prevention tools in a company’s health and safety management program. Employers must ensure that regular inspections are made of all workplaces, including: buildings, structures, grounds, excavations, tools, equipment, machinery and work methods, and practices.

A workplace inspection program takes planning, preparation and training. Using properly trained inspectors in a planned inspection program will reduce incidents and property damage. An effective safety inspection program will improve worker communication, company morale and, over time, save the employer money.

Course Description
The course will educate participants on how to effectively conduct a workplace inspection to meet and exceed the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation and WorkSafeBC legislation.

Course Length
This course is structured as a half-day course but can be modified to meet content and duration requirements.

Target Audience
This course is designed for managers, supervisors, members of the Joint Health and Safety committee, worker health and safety representatives, or employees otherwise delegated with incident investigation responsibilities.

Pre-requisites
Previous health and safety education and/or experience is an asset but not required.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the OHS legal compliance requirements pertaining to workplace inspections
  • Understand how to conduct effective and meaningful workplace inspections
  • Be able to identify areas or conditions that are hazardous and needing inspection
  • Report and make recommendations

Course Topics
Legal and General Requirements, Developing an Inspection Program, Inspection Procedures, Follow-up and Monitoring

Assessment and Completion
Upon successful completion of course materials, students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Combustible Dust

$49.00 +GST

This course will provide participants with the key principles and concepts for recognizing the hazards, unsafe conditions and preventative actions associated with combustible dust.