USF OTI Education Center

USF Health - College of Public Health

OSHA 2255

2255 – Principles of Ergonomics

Days: 3  Hours: 18  CEUs: 1.7  Tuition: $550  

Course Description:

This course covers the use of ergonomic principles to recognize, evaluate, and control workplace conditions that cause or contribute to musculoskeletal and nerve disorders. Course topics include work physiology, anthropometry, musculoskeletal disorders, use of video display terminals, and risk factors such as vibration, temperature, material handling, repetition, and lifting and patient transfers in health care. Course emphasis is on industrial case studies covering analysis and design of work stations and equipment workshops in manual lifting, and coverage of current OSHA compliance policies and guidelines. Upon course completion students will have the ability to recognize work-related musculoskeletal and nerve disorders, assess employer s ergonomic programs, and conduct ergonomic evaluations. Minimum student contact hours: 18

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Course Objectives:

  • Describe the impact of job and workplace design on employee safety and health
  • Identify workplace characteristics that may contribute to cumulative trauma disorders
  • List improvements in job, workstation, and equipment design that can reduce the potential for musculoskeletal injury
  • Analyze manual lifting tasks and estimate reasonable lifting limits.

Course Topics:

  • Physiology
  • Anthropometry
  • Cumulative trauma disorders
  • Manual lifting
  • Back injury control
  • Job hazard analysis
  • Medical surveillance
  • Administrative and engineering controls
  • NIOSH work practices guide to manual lifting
  • Heat stress

Special Course Benefits:

  • Participants will conduct task analysis of actual videotaped jobs looking for musculoskeletal disorder risk factors.
  • Working as a team, participants will then apply the concepts presented in the class to develop effective control strategies for each job.
  • Note: Some math will be required; participants will need calculators with basic functions.


Registration Policy (Changes effective January 2021)

Updated 2021 Nov 17-14:43