ELEMENTS OF ERGONOMICS PROGRAMS
Step 2: Involve and Train Management and Workers
Understand the purpose of ergonomics training
Ergonomics training would be beneficial for all workers exposed to conditions that contribute to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Employees know their own jobs better than anyone else does. Workers must be given the opportunity to discuss problems as they see them. Management and workers need to understand ergonomics if they are to correctly identify and solve workplace MSD problems. Ergonomics training enables managers, supervisors, and employees to identify the risk factors for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs), recognize the signs and symptoms of WMSDs, and develop strategies that reduce and prevent WMSDs.
Choose at least one type of ergonomics training
Table 2.1: Types of Ergonomics Training
|Type of training||Objectives|
|Ergonomics Awareness Training (should be provided to most employees)||
|Training in Job Analysis and Control Measures (common for ergonomics team members)||
|Training in Problem Solving (required for working in hazard control problem solving groups)||
Tailor ergonomics training to the target audience. Consider their education level, literacy level, language, and specific job interests. Make any outside instructors aware of company operations, relevant policies, and practices before training begins, so the training is relevant to the work performed at the facility.
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- Page last reviewed: July 18, 2017
- Page last updated: July 18, 2017
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Division of Applied Research and Technology