Course time: 3.5-4 hours

A class size of up to 30 attendees is recommended.

Course Goals and Objectives

The goal is to increase the practical ergonomic knowledge of direct line management and supervisors.  The session focuses on recognizing risk factors and proper working techniques in addition to strategies for reinforcing good technique and job design. The principles of biomechanics (forces and torques) and physiology (strength and fatigue) applied to job design will be as covered. At the completion of the course the manager/supervisor attendees will be able to recognize potential ergonomic issues within their work areas and provide guidance on corrective actions.


Introduction to Ergonomics and Biomechanics

  • Definitions of Applied Ergonomics
  • Current and Proposed Legislation/Regulations (OSHA)
  • Costs of Workers Compensation, Absenteeism
  • Case Studies of Effective Ergonomics Programs
  • Workplace examples

Form and Function of the Body Related to Work Design

  • Basic Anatomy of the Human Body
  • Upper Extremity and Back Biomechanics
  • Simple Biomechanics
  • Understanding Anthropometry
  • Strength and fatigue

Ergonomic Risk Factors and Injury Potential

  • Commonly Occurring CTDs (Definition and Type)
  • Workplace Risk Factors (Posture, Force, Repetition, Vibration, Contact Stress, Environment)

Improving Workplace Ergonomics

  • Effective Policies & Procedures
  • Workplace Evaluation (Risk Factor Checklists)
  • Behavioral Based Ergonomics
  • Hazard Abatement (Engineering/Administrative Controls)
  • Employee Training
  • Return to Work Strategies
  • Stretching & Exercise Programs

Questions and Answers