Institute for Ergonomics

Ergonomics Training: The Institute regularly conducts a variety of ergonomics training courses to safety and health professionals.

Ergonomics Awareness and Process Training for Upper Management

The success with which ergonomic job changes are implemented in a workplace often hinges on supervisors and managers. Their acceptance of or resistance to the ergonomics approach is likely due to their perception and understanding of this discipline. As such, it is important to give this group of individuals a brief review of how ergonomics can make their jobs easier, as it does with the hourly employees. Thus, recommended training topics include:

  • Introduction to ergonomics principles, including important definitions;

  • Workplace injuries and their costs;

  • A brief review of basic ergonomics principles (i.e., the impact of employee body size differences; anatomy of the low back, hand & wrist, and shoulder joints; how the body develops cumulative trauma);

  • Understanding workplace biomechanics;

  • How ergonomics is most effectively integrated into a work process (e.g., effective ergonomics models used in other industries, importance of worker participation, the impact of implementing ergonomics, and case studies);

  • And an ergonomics workshop.