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Ergonomics Office Training & Certification

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

We Offer Three Differnt 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.

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.

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.

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.

What's in the Training Course?

Our Ergonomic training course is built to regulation standards. This class discusses topics including common ergonomic definitions and methods to protect the head and neck, shoulders and arms, back, legs and feet, and more.

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.

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?

OSHA no longer has a specific standard for ergonomics office training. However, under the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are required to provide a workplace that “is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm to employees.” Because of this requirement, employers have a legal and ethical obligation to develop and maintain workplace procedures and duties that are ergonomically safe for workers to perform. Employees have the right to work in an atmosphere that promotes the safety and well-being of all.

Unlike the U.S., Canada still has specific standards for ergonomic safety within the workplace. Part II of the Canada Labour Code specifically requires employers to ensure “that the workplace, workspaces, and procedures meet prescribed ergonomic standards.”
The code goes on to include “employers are also responsible to ensure that machinery, equipment and tools used by workers in the course of their employment meet prescribed health, safety and ergonomic standards.”
Because of these requirements, employers must ensure that employees know and follow any safe working practices that are intended to keep them ergonomically safe.

Stay Informed On All Things

Did You Know?

Tendon disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis are some of the most common ergonomic-related injuries that occur in the workplace.

Repeatedly working with your hands above your head can cause rotator cuff tendinitis.

Vibration that affects the whole body, such as when driving trucks or buses, can lead to low back pain, shooting pain or numbness in the upper legs, and even back disability.

Ergonomics Office Training Frequently Asked Questions

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.

How do I make my office ergonomically correct?

There are a few things you can do to make your office ergonomically correct. Make sure your computer screens are about an arm’s reach from your body and aligned with your eyes. Adjust your chair so that your feet are firmly planted on the floor. Sit up straight so that your lumbar is supported. If it isn’t, consider purchasing a different chair. Reposition your keyboard and mouse so that they allow your elbows to rest at a 90-degree angle as you work.

My trainee scored 80% on the exam. Did he pass or fail?

Contrary to popular belief, OSHA does not dictate what a passing score entails. That is ultimately up to the employer whose responsibility it is to certify, or authorize, their employee to operate a boom truck. If you want to pass him at 80%, fine. But what if a question or two among the 20% missed could lead to an accident or death? Is it worth it? Our recommendation is that you always go over any missed questions with your trainees—even if they just missed one. Once they understand the principle missed, have them write their initials by the correct answer. That way, you are protecting them and those around them from potential accidents in the future.

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