Reducing and Eliminating Workplace Injuries through Ergonomics

About the Course
Many companies today are using ergonomics, or the study of work, when designing workspaces that will prevent injuries and strains, as well as other disorders. This course will offer suggestions for completing a successful, comprehensive and useful ergonomics assessment that will focus on preventing musculoskeletal injuries by effectively analyzing job hazards, identifying and evaluating risk factors and offering recommendations to reduce or eliminate these risks within the workplace environment.

Learning objectives
  • Define ergonomics and discuss the benefits of and ways to determine the needs of an ergonomics program, the goals of the program (if implemented), and the steps involved in implementing a well-designed ergonomics program.
  • Summarize the steps employers should take in conducting a job hazard analysis and discuss what risk factors evaluators should notate in a workplace evaluation including awkward postures, contact stress, lifting, lighting, repetitive motion, and other factors that are of particular importance to safety within the workplace.
  • Discuss recommendations for improvement, both to the individuals and to the employers, which will to decrease and/or eliminate risks to workers while creating healthier environments that will ultimately reduce the likelihood of workers’ compensation claims and injuries.
  • Describe activities, exercises and stretches that will benefit office workers and will encourage movement, as well as reduce strain and/or injuries brought on by sedentary office work.