What is Ergonomics?
Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.
Ergonomics is the science of designing the job, equipment, and workplace to fit the worker. Proper ergonomic design is necessary to prevent occupational soft tissue diseases, which can develop over time and can lead to long-term disability.
Ergonomics is concerned with the ’fit’ between people and their technological tools and environments. It takes account of the user’s capabilities and limitations in seeking to ensure that tasks, equipment, information and the environment suit each user.
To assess the fit between a person and the used technology, ergonomists consider the job (activity)
being done and the demands on the user; the equipment used (its size, shape, and how appropriate
it is for the task), and the information used (how it is presented, accessed, and changed).
Ergonomics draws on many disciplines in its study of humans and their environments, including anthropometry, biomechanics, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, industrial design, kinesiology, physiology and psychology.
Examples of Ergonomic Services:
• MSI Prevention Programs
"Musculoskeletal Injury" or "MSI" means an injury or disorder of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, blood vessels or related soft tissue including a sprain, strain and inflammation, that may be caused or aggravated by work. MSI Prevention Programs will work towards eliminating or controlling risk factors that may create an occupational disease or MSI.
• Ergonomic Assessments or Review
A detailed look at a job, or task and how it relates to a particular worker. The study of all data relating to the many risk factors and how they may affect the worker and determining the methods to control the risk factors to lower the risk of an MSI .
• Ergonomic Programs
The purpose of an Ergonomic Program is to eliminate or, if that is not practicable, minimize the risk of musculoskeletal injury to workers, through the implementation of a 7 phase program.
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Certified Ergonomic Specialist
The Certified Ergonomic Specialist (CES) Designation Program is based on the latest ergonomic research and teaches participants how to apply ergonomic theory in a practical manner to any workplace manufacturing, services or office application. The designation is awarded to participants who pass four courses and complete a special project.
The four separate Certifications required for the CES Designation include:
Ergonomic Assessment Certification Participants will learn the scientific and artistic foundation of ergonomics:
• how workers interact with their work,
• how ergonomic-related injuries occur,
• how to gather key ergonomic information,
• how to assess ergonomic hazards and
• how to ergonomically improve workplace
Participants will apply this fundamental information to conduct several basic assessments including:
• Physical Demands Descriptions (PDDs)
• Task Analyses (TAs)
• Full Ergonomic Assessments (EAs)
This course prepares you to create and implement an effective Ergonomics Program.
Office Ergonomics Certification
This course begins with the fundamental information about ergonomics and approaches to conducting several basic assessments. Building off this solid foundation, the modern office workstation is explored to identify, assess and control ergonomic hazards. Participants will learn how to practically evaluate office workstations using ergonomic expectations for proper workstation set-up of chairs, monitors, keyboards, mouse, work surfaces, and work environment.
Industrial Ergonomics Certification
This course expands and explores the qualitative and quantitative ergonomic evaluation of the industrial setting. Evaluate and solve Manual Material Handling issues using NIOSH, Snook, RULA, Strain Index, and Physiology Equations. Gain knowledge and skills for selecting the best Hand Tool Designs, Ergonomics Mats/Flooring, Job Rotation, Environmental Concerns and Pre-screening.
Ergonomic Design Certification
This course expands and explores the ergonomic evaluation process into the areas of design. A very proactive approach to positively affecting people in contact with physical environments.
Concepts looked at include:
• costs of poor ergonomics
• injury rates and costs
• productivity changes
• energy of work
• calculating energy consumption
• measuring movement
• workstation design scenarios
• office and industrial, equipment availability
• prioritizing of space
• manual material handling
• demands of sitting
• control panel layouts
• hand tool selection