The ergonomics analysis process, applied in either the manufacturing or office setting, is based on a fundamental knowledge of ergonomics principles and applications which are pragmatic for helping individuals or groups in areas such as injury prevention, risk analysis, problem solving common work task challenges, facilitating return to work planning for individuals following injury, and improving communication with other stakeholder groups.
In this foundational training, we will examine the definition of ergonomics within a system design approach, starting with introducing ten ergonomics principles: process, position/support, movement, material handling, reach, workstation/tools/equipment, training, environment, health/wellness and feedback.
We will also integrate the foundations of ergonomics to provide the rationale for the ergonomics principles. Ergonomics foundations covered include epidemiology, work physiology, engineering psychology, anthropometry and occupational biomechanics.
The Ergonomics Foundations and Principles content provides a solid background to perform ergonomics assessments in a wide variety of work environments.
Introduction to Ergonomics (whether completed on-demand or online/live) is the first track of WorkWell’s Ergonomics On-Demand! Manufacturing and Office Ergonomics Program.
At the end of the training, participants will be able to:
1. Describe 3 work physiology principles that impact the effectiveness of work performance.
2. Identify 3 work process design principles that optimize worker health and safety.
3. Recognize 2 ergonomics principles that are present in a correctly designed workstation.
4. Independently recommend a practical ergonomic intervention that reduces a musculoskeletal risk in 2 different manufacturing scenarios.