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 is an online course and will take approximately two hours to complete.

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

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.

Online Learning
Online registration for this course is on an individual basis and is not transferable.

Online Learning


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