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Ergonomics in the Workplace: An Introduction

Core Requirement for the Ergonomic Program Management Certificate. Those attending for program credit must attend all four days and successfully complete the class assignment


This foundation course provides a basic understanding of key ergonomic issues. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a general category used to describe a group of peripheral muscle, tendon, and nerve disorders associated with repetitive / long duration tasks, tasks that invovle awkward postures, and/or tasks requiring forceful activity. This course will assist participants in recognizing the presence of MSD hazards in there workplace and allow them to work towards developing solutions to reduce exposure to these hazards. Participants will also develop an understanding of the relationship between workplace design and MSDs, in addition to learning about standard ergonomic analysis methods, their results and implications for workplace design.


  • To become familiar with the broad scope of workplace ergonoimcs issues, with a focus on MSDs and human error
  • To identify typical job activities causing MSDs and contributing to human error
  • To explore the impact of manipulation, force, exertion and body postures on MSDs and human error
  • To increase participants knowledge and understanding of ergonomic assessment methods, their uses and implications
  • To recognize ergonomic hazards that are related to MSDs
  • To recognize behaviors that are linked to human  errors
  • To understand how to gather and track information on ergonomics-related indicators injuries, reduced performance, low productivity, increased costs, etc.)
  • To know when it is appropriate to initiate an ergonomic investigation
  • To understand the results and implications of an ergonomic investigation
  • To become familiar with techniques to implement ergonomic change in the workplace
  • To be aware of the psychosocial factors associated with ergonomic interventions.