Ergonomics 102: Building a Program

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 is designed to assist participants with the implementation of an MSI/MSD reduction program at their workplace.

Course Length
The online version is structured as a three hour course.

Target Audience
This course is designed to build upon the fundamentals of Ergonomics to managers, supervisors and employees and assists them in implementing a Musculoskeletal Injuries/Disorder (MSI/MSD) reduction program.

Ergonomics 101: Fundamentals. 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 and be able to communicate basic Ergonomic principles and concepts
  • Comprehend current legal requirements for an MSD Prevention program
  • Understand implementation strategies such as hazard and risk assessments
  • Be able to build and run an effective MSI/MSD reduction program

Course Topics
Review of ergonomic concepts and principles, Legal requirements, MSI/MSD Reduction model and the PDCA Cycle, Implementation Strategies and concepts, Employee/employer engagement strategies

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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