This course addresses the key components of an ergonomics program identified by OSHA in the DRAFT Ergonomics Standard and the NIOSH manual "Elements of Ergonomics Program." It includes information regarding the risk factors, signs, and symptoms of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
The seven elements of an effective program start by looking for signs of MSDs in the workplace, such as worker reports of aches and pains. The second step is management commitment to address possible problems, and to encourage workers to join in problem-solving activities. The third step is to offer training to management, supervisors and workers, to watch out for potential sources of MSDs. Having state of the art ergonomics training online makes it easy for everyone to watch out for problems...before they cause lasting harm.
Supervisors especially need to recognize that they are the front line on worker safety; they can observe people as they work, and act to help with proper ergonomics for a computer workstation or repetitive motions. Once you know what to look for, it's easy to see that a monitor may be positioned too high, or the person needs to use the wrist supports on the keyboard to avoid strain. Once people know you're working to help them avoid injury, they'll see you as more of a valuable team member, and not just someone who gives tasks to be completed.
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