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Ergonomics Construction and Industrial Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA or Canada.

We Offer Three Different Types of Safety Trainings

Our OSHA-compliant certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.

Online Training

Online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.
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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It's a PowerPoint presentation you can use to train a group of trainees.
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Train the Trainer

Train the trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost.
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Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for hands on training on your own equipment at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.
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What's in the Training Course?

Our Construction & Industrial Ergonomics safety training course is OSHA compliant, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement. Each class contains sections on general information; floor and ground level work; overhead work; lifting, holding, and handling materials; and hand-intensive work.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 1 – 1.5 hours.

Intended Audience:

  • Employees

Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • OSHA Publication No. 97-117 Elements of Ergonomics Programs
  • NIOSH Publication No. 2007-122: Simple Solutions: Ergonomics for Construction Workers
  • ISO 11226:2000 Evaluation of Static Working Postures
  • ISO 11228-1:2003 Manual Handling – Part 1: Lifting and Carrying
  • ISO 11228-2:2007 Manual Handling – Part 2: Pushing and Pulling
  • ISO 11228-3:2007 Manual Handling – Part 3: Handling of Low Loads at High Frequency
  • Canada Standards

  • ISO 11226:2000 Evaluation of Static Working Postures
  • ISO 11228-1:2003 Manual Handling – Part 1: Lifting and Carrying
  • ISO 11228-2:2007 Manual Handling – Part 2: Pushing and Pulling
  • ISO 11228-3:2007 Manual Handling – Part 3: Handling of Low Loads at High Frequency
  • Train the Trainer Certification

    The train the trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an OSHA compliant lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Safety Training?

    In line with OSHA requirements, anyone who works with electricity must receive training prior to working on their own. OSHA requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher training, OSHA’s standard in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.

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    Did You Know?

    2,000,000 workers suffer from work-related musculoskeletal disorders every year

    33% of all nonfatal work injuries and illnesses are related to musculoskeletal disorders

    The construction industry has 50% more back injuries than any other industry (Source: CDC).

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the most common ergonomic injury on a construction site?

    While it’s hard to pinpoint one ergonomic injury that is most common on a construction site, generally speaking strains and sprains are the most common. In fact, 7 in 10 construction workers report having back pain from the job.

    What is the focus of ergonomics?

    Ergonomics focuses on finding a best fit between a worker and their work environment. The idea is that an ergonomically designed workplace involves the least exposure to the six musculoskeletal disorder risk factors. These include localized pressure, repetitive motion, vibration, excessive force, cold temperatures, and awkward or static postures.

    Is there an OSHA standard for ergonomics?

    OSHA used to have a specific standard for ergonomics, but it was repealed in 2001. This is because there are so many different scenarios in any given workplace that could pose ergonomic hazards. It is simply too hard to cover them all in a single standard. Instead, OSHA and NIOSH have produced publications addressing some ergonomic best practices specific to certain industries.

    What industries are most affected by ergonomic safety standards?

    Almost every job you will ever work at involves ergonomic hazards. However, some of the more high risk industries are healthcare, office jobs, construction, warehousing, transportation, and so on.

    How can ergonomics improve work and safety?

    A workplace free from ergonomic hazards allows employees to be more productive. Frequent injuries on the job can harm workplace morale and employee retention. Furthermore, lost work injuries equals less work being performed. By employing ergonomic practices in the workplace, employees are less likely to sustain chronic injuries related to MSDs.

    What is the main cause of musculoskeletal disorders?

    There are six risk factors that contribute to the development of an MSD. The main cause of musculoskeletal disorders includes exposure to excessive force, repetitive motion, vibration, localized pressure, cold temperatures, and awkward or static postures. These risk factors are most often present in the workplace, but it is also possible to experience these risk factors at home.

    What are the symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders?

    There are all sorts of symptoms that may indicate an MSD. We can’t cover every physical sensation you may experience, but you should generally look out for stiffness, muscle spasms, pain, reduced range of motion, aches, tingling, numbness, swelling, and soreness. These are just a few symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders that you should watch for.

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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL-OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!
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