At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Define ergonomics and its related terms
- Identify where to get ergonomics information for your region
- Identify how ergonomics can be incorporated into your workplace
- Assess your environment for ergonomic hazards, create ways to resolve those issues, and plan for implementation
- Review and evaluate your ergonomic efforts
- Use change management techniques effectively
- Describe the basic principles of ergonomics
- Outline ergonomic practices for sitting, standing, lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling
- Design an ergonomic workstation
- Identify important ergonomic features of tools and machines
- Understand the role that environmental factors (such as sound, air quality, and light) play in ergonomics
You will spend the first part of the day getting to know participants and discussing what will take place during the workshop. Students will also have an opportunity to identify their personal learning objectives.
To begin, participants will define ergonomics and the types of injuries that result from unresolved ergonomic hazards. Participants will also explore the major risk factors of ergonomic injuries and the cost to the workplace. Then, participants will learn how to find out what legislation and regulation applies to their area.
The Role of Ergonomics in Your Workplace
This session will explore some different ways that workplaces can address ergonomic issues.
The Ergonomic Assessment Cycle
Like any effort, ergonomic improvement should be structured and scheduled. This session will give participants a framework that they can adapt and use for their ergonomic efforts.
Identifying and Assessing Ergonomic Hazards
Next, participants will look at the first two stages of the ergonomic cycle: identifying and assessing hazards. This session will provide participants with various methods and tools to identify ergonomic hazards, including sample checklists and symptom surveys. Participants will also have the opportunity to apply these skills to a case study.
Developing a Plan to Address Ergonomic Issues
This session will look at the third stage of the ergonomic cycle: planning for improvements. We will focus on the three key methods of hazard resolution: engineering controls, organizational changes, and individual changes. Participants will continue working on their case study and apply this new knowledge.
Identifying and Implementing Solutions
At this point in the cycle, you know what the major ergonomic hazards are and you know that there are three main categories of solutions. But where do you find concrete, practical ideas to resolve ergonomic hazards? This session will give participants a few starting points.
Obtaining Employee Buy-In
So far, we have covered a plan to identify, evaluate, and address ergonomic hazards in the workplace. However, all of your organization’s ergonomic efforts will not succeed without the cooperation of the employees who will be affected by the changes. This session will help participants understand the basics of change management.
Tips for Successful Implementation
This session will give participants some ideas for making ergonomic changes as easy as possible for employees.
Reviewing Your Ergonomics Program
Another important part of successful implementation and ergonomic hazard management is review and evaluation. This session will give participants a sample follow-up schedule and some key things to check for.
Basic Ergonomic Principles
Day Two of this workshop will begin with a discussion of some basic principles of ergonomics.
Optimal Sitting and Standing
This session will give participants some tips for making sitting and standing as ergonomic as possible. Participants will also identify some areas of improvement for their training facility.
Safe Lifting and Transporting
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, a large percentage of workplace injuries result from improper heavy lifting. This session will explore how ergonomics can make lifting, carrying, and transporting materials safer and easier.
Next, participants will learn how to design an ergonomic workstation. (This includes any kind of job where a desk is used, whether it involves a computer or not.)
Safe Tool Selection and Use
This session will explore safe tool design, ergonomic handgrips, and vibration measurements.
Creating an Ergonomic Environment
There are three components to an ergonomic environment: proper lighting, good air quality, and noise control. This session will explore each of these elements in depth. At the end of the session, participants will apply their knowledge to a case study.
Bringing It All Together
To wrap up the course, participants will examine a snapshot of a company at work, identify ergonomic hazards, and develop a solution plan.
At the end of the course, students will have an opportunity to ask questions and fill out an action plan.
In Person Training
The traditional classroom style of training remains our Most Popular and Most Requested format. On-site training provides participants with an in-person facilitator who will work directly with the team, whether for a single training session or a training series. The Mainstream team will craft and tailor your experience to ensure that your training session is specific, relevant and unique to your audience while meeting your learning objectives. Why settle for ‘pre-formatted, pre-scripted, one-size fits all’ training programs, when our team is able to customize a program that is just right for you? We know that every team has unique learning needs, situations and that they come from a variety of industries, each having unique customer needs and demands. Our programs can be scaled to accommodate time restraints, unique learning needs and even industry or company nuances and barriers.
Don’t settle for a program that gives you almost what you need; our team wants to give you Exactly what you need.
Delivering traditional onsite training results …virtually!
We’ve officially changed the rules and redefined what is possible in the world of soft skills learning. Our unique technology, accompanied by honed delivery methodology, have successfully replicated the traditional classroom-style training environment, allowing it to exist online.
Most online training solutions limit participants’ responses to keystrokes or to single person conversations because -with inferior technology- group discussions become distorted and confusing to follow. Our Virtual Room has eliminated those barriers and encourages learning through meaningful instructor feedback, skills modelling and engaging group discussion, without visual or audio distortion
The Virtual Room is for any organization seeking a flexible substitute to traditional onsite training; whether to lower costs, eliminate unnecessary travel or to simply ease the burden of demanding work schedules.
Lunch & Learn
A Lunch and Learn session is an onsite or virtual learning program with a facilitator-led session sharing valuable information and skills on an area of identified learning interest. It’s a great break away from a traditional training program, allowing your team the opportunity to learn while enjoying their lunch. Due to the limited time, the program focuses on specific learning concepts and skills. It is an interactive session that quickly targets and reveals learning objectives that are predetermined by the training organizer. Lunch & Learn sessions are also great as a training series, providing progressive learning programs for developing skills in a ‘bite-sized’ format.