Ergonomic Evaluation Certification Program
This introductory program gives you a solid foundation in the performance of complete, objective, and defensible ergonomic evaluations. Throughout your career, you will refer back to what you learned here when you judge new evaluation tools or training programs.
Working in teams, you will perform ergonomic evaluations of various media-recorded work situations. The evaluation process we teach is based on current best-practice standards. You will come away with a battery of risk assessment tools for work tasks requiring strength, upper extremity dexterity, and whole-body endurance (tools include those based on NIOSH guidelines, ANSI protocols, and published industrial and clinical literature). Further, you will gain the skills you need to begin addressing basic ergonomic design issues in office and industrial workstations.
Each of the nine sections of the Matheson Ergonomics Manual contain learning objectives as follows:
Chapter 1 – Introduction to Ergonomics
1. Students will identify different types Ergonomic processes and their use and justification. This will take place through classroom discussion and application in the course practicum project.
Chapter 2 – Program Development
1. Students will identify tools used for the analysis of incidence rates and utilize the tools in a small group case study. Small group exercise results will be presented to the class with instructor critique and feedback. This exercise will be repeated as part of the practicum project on the 4th day class.
Chapter 3 – Risk Factors
1. Students will identify 4 ergonomic risk factors during video movement analysis while watching videos of real work being performed. Each group will present to the class their analysis of their video with critique from the instructor.
Chapter 4 – Survey Tools
1. Students will choose and complete correctly 4 ergonomic survey tools by applying the appropriate tools to the video case studies used in their group. Students will apply these tools a second time during the Ergonomic Practicum at the end of the 4 day class with review and critique by the instructor.
Chapter 5 – Anthropometrics
1. Students use Link analysis to design work for individuals of varying statures. Problems will be performed as a group and in small groups to demonstrate understanding of this material. These tools and principles will also be used during the Ergonomic practicum.
Chapter 6 – Office
1. Students will analyze an office workstation in a video and then in a live situation during class. An Office Ergonomics survey form will be completed. This will also be performed as part of the Practicum.
Chapter 7 – Industrial – Manual Material Handling
1. Students will use the NIOSH Lifting Equation and Snook data to redesign manual material handling tasks on video. A case study will be completed in small groups and then presented to the class and critiqued by the instructor.
Chapter 8 – Control Strategies
1. As part of the ergonomics application practicum the students in small groups will analyze a job on video as part of a case study. Each group will use the appropriate Ergonomic surveys and tools to analyze the work and will establish control strategies to reduce the risk and make the job safer for the worker.
Who Should Attend
Anyone can take this course, but knowledge of the occupational/industrial rehabilitation industry is preferred. Knowledge of risk assessment from a safety, human resources, and/or industrial perspective is acceptable.
Consultants. Many graduates of this course either launch a consulting practice or add risk assessment and ergonomic evaluation services to their existing practice.
Employees. Does your employer want you to provide worksite risk identification and remediation services? Take this course, and you’ll go home confident that you can do the job.
CEES prerequisite. This course is a prerequisite for CEES certification, but completion does not guarantee certification. Subsequent fieldwork and report submission is required. Please see the Certification section for details.
30 Hours (Lecture & Group Work)
The Matheson Difference; in order to enhance the learning experience, these learning tools will be used in the curriculum:
The resource will be available through the Matheson web site. Students may visit the site to review evaluation tests and techniques at their own pace.
Registration on the first day is from 8 – 8:30 a.m.
Subsequent day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break at 12 noon and two 15 minute breaks around 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
AOTA CEU’s awarded based upon completion of the course in its entirety.
Matheson Education and Training Solutions LLC
166 South River Road Suite 240
Bedford, NH 03110
Phone: 1-800-443-7690 (Toll Free)