Ergonomics Workshop

Learning Outcomes:

  • Define ergonomics and its three major components.
  • Outline the components of an ergonomics program.
  • Describe the components of office and shop floor ergonomic evaluations.
  • List the common risk factors and areas for ergonomic improvement within foundries.
  • Describe how to evaluate, select and implement ergonomic solutions.
  • Describe the essential elements for an effective ergonomics business case.

Course Introduction

This course covers the use of ergonomic principles to recognize, evaluate, and control work place conditions that cause or contribute to employee safety and productivity issues.  Topics include the definition and three components of ergonomics; work physiology; anthropometry; musculoskeletal disorders; common risk factors such as vibration, temperature, material handling, repetition, and lifting; computer workstations; elements of an ergonomic program; and developing the business case for ergonomic improvements. Course emphasis is on office and foundry “shop floor” examples, covering analysis and design of equipment workstations and workflow.

Benefits to Taking the Course

Participants of this course will leave with the knowledge necessary to either initiate a new or improve an existing ergonomics program for controlling health and performance problems. They can to educate and convince management of the cost benefits of an ergonomically sound workplace and proactively identify potential risks and determine cost effective and sustainable jobsite modifications. In addition, to increase the effectiveness of existing lean and Six Sigma programs by integrating ergonomics to improve work processes which result in increased employee engagement, greater efficiency and better margins.

Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Fundamentals of Ergonomics

  • What is Ergonomics?
  • Physical Ergonomics
  • Cognitive Ergonomics
  • Organizational Ergonomics
  • Putting It All Together
  • Components of an Ergonomic Program

Module 3: Office Ergonomics

  • Office Ergonomics

Module 4: Industrial (Shop Floor) Ergonomics

  • Ergonomic Program Process Steps
  • Four Common Pitfalls to Industrial Ergonomics
  • Three Ergonomic Tools
  • Identify and Choose an Ergonomic Solution

Module 5: Business Case Components and Return on Investment (ROI)

  • Business Case Components
  • Return on Investment (ROI)

Module 6: Conclusion


What our students are saying......

"I have a better feel on how ergonomics can be applied in the foundry."
"A great presenter and class."
"Good exercises and I will recommend this course to others!"