Course Outline - Ergonomics

Ergonomics is a one-day, eight-hour on-site program, developed to provide both technical and non-technical personnel an excellent perspective on ergonomic and human factors issues. The program content is extracted from the ergonomics module of the Industrial Engineering Techniques program, and refined and expanded to provide a day-long overview.

The program uses several videos and demonstrations to illustrate acceptable, poor, and hazardous procedures and workplace design. NIOSH and OSHA videos and other materials are used when appropriate. Both factory floor and office ergonomics are addressed.


1.0   Introduction
   1.1   Definition and Scope
   1.2   Anthropometry and Anthropometric Data Analysis
   1.3   Body Dimensions and Workplace Design
   1.4   Workplace Design for Seated, Standing, Combination Work
   1.5   Fatigue and Work Capacity
   1.6   Back Trauma
   1.7   Guidelines for Manual Materials Handling (NIOSH)
   1.8   Straight Lift Demonstrations
   1.9   Seating and Seat Selection
   1.10  Cumulative Trauma Disorder (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
   1.11  Deviations: Radial, Ulnar, Flexion, Extension
   1.12  NIOSH Video
   1.13  Video Display Terminal (VDT) Selection
   1.14  VLF and ELF Radiation
   1.15  Eyestrain, Ambient Glare and Lighting
   1.16  Hand Tool Design Guidelines
   1.17  Vibration

2.0   Motion Economy and Workplace Layout
   2.1   Ineffective Work Movement Analysis
   2.2   Improving Motion Paths
   2.3   Workplace Layout Principles
   2.4   Horizontal and Vertical Work Areas
   2.5   Normal Work Areas
   2.6   Workplace Improvement
   2.7   Principles of Motion Economy
   2.8   Motion Economy Checklist
   2.9   Classes of Body Motions
   2.10  Motion Economy Demonstrations
   2.11  Case Exercise Videos

3.0   Ineffective Worker Movement Analysis
   3.1   Ineffective Worker Movement Causes
   3.2   Case Exercise Videos

4.0   Summary and Critique

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