Ergonomics is the study of the relationship between a worker and work based on a fundamental set of principles which can be applied in multiple settings. Ergonomics is often used to prevent potential injuries through proactive risk analysis and intervention, description of relevant performance demands, and modifications that will allow an individual to optimize or return to work; while also considering the company’s bottom line through quality and productivity related improvements.
This 1-day program is focused on helping Health Care Professionals (HCP) acquire new or enhanced skills in ergonomics principles and applications by providing a framework to perform ergonomic analyses. This program is grounded in a systems design approach to ergonomics based on factors that influence human performance such as epidemiology, physiology, anthropometry, engineering psychology, and biomechanics, as well as a review of work station, process and workforce factors which also impact ergonomics initiatives. Participants will learn how to use an ergonomics process to identify risk factors and develop reasonable and feasible recommendations to improve health, safety and productivity. Ergonomics analysis and problem solving will include use of an ergonomics ‘Tool Box’ (simple and detailed assessment and reporting templates) to conduct and document the analysis. A series of case studies exercises are included to help participants practice the skills necessary to implement program elements in a practical and efficient manner.
Intended Audience: Licensed professionals ‐ Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Athletic Trainer, Physician, Physician Assistant, Chiropractor, Occupational Health Nurse, Certified/Registered Kinesiologist, Exercise Physiologist or Case Manager. Consideration of other health/safety personnel based on space and background.
Program Level (AOTA): Introductory
AOTA Classification Category: 2- Occupational Therapy Process
Delivery: Live, In-Person
Student Ratio: 15 to 20:1
General Teaching Method Overview: Lecture, video case studies
Informed Consent: No
Duration: Full day, 7.25 contact hours
Requirements for Completion: Attend all course sessions, class participation/engagement in learning activities including group activities