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Our Office Ergonomics training course is regulation compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on general definitions, head and neck ergonomics, shoulder and arms ergonomics, back ergonomics, and legs and feet ergonomics.
During this training, we will be looking at the common risk factors that play into an ergonomic injury. We will also go over the parts of your anatomy that are affected by poor ergonomics, the types of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that are associated with each body part, and how to prevent these MSDs from becoming serious and life altering health issues.
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.
Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses the following laws and regulations:
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.
OSHA used to have a specific standard for ergonomics, but it was repealed in 2001.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.