Ergonomics Workshop


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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.

Participants will gain the knowledge necessary to either initiate a new (or to improve upon an existing) ergonomics program for controlling health and performance issues. They will be able to educate management of the cost benefits of an ergonomically-sound workplace, proactively identify potential risks, and determine cost-effective, sustainable job site modifications. In addition, participants will be able 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.

Learning outcomes

Class participants will learn to:

  • 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 Length

1.0 day

CEU Units

0.60 CEU

Course outline

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