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    Course Objective

    • Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders are a great concern in the workplace. If left unattended, it can cause chronic and irreversible changes to the body, rendering the worker unable to move properly, let alone work with comfort. To make the worker feel comfortable while working and to avoid chronic irreversible injury, good posture is critical. Keeping good posture is implemented by following adequate lifting, moving, and stretching techniques and exercises. This course aims to implement the principles of ergonomics and to assess its importance in the workplace in order to decrease potential risk of acute or chronic harm to worker’s bodies while preforming their day to day work. 
    The following points shall be discussed in the course:
    • Ergonomics Program Elements
    • Proactive and Reactive Approaches
    • Workplace Ergonomics Analysis Techniques
    • Symptoms Surveys
    • Gathering Evidence of MSDs
    • Periodic Medical Examinations
    • Screening for Risk Factors
    • Ergonomics Job Hazard Analysis
    • Controlling Risk Factors
    • Medical Management
    • Education and Training
    • Classroom with Theoretical and Practical Implementation.

    Day 1 

    Session 1 - Course Introduction  

    • What are Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)?
    • What are the Risk Factors for MSDs?
    • How common are MSDs?
    • Prevention of injuries
    Session 2 – Setting the Stage for Action 
    • Ergonomics: Safety and Health Program 
    • Reactive vs. Proactive approaches 
    • Essential Considerations  
    • Management Commitment
    • Employee Involvement 
    Session 3 – Analyzing the Workplace
    • Gathering and Examining Evidence of MSDs
    • Conditions and Symptoms 
    • Following up on Worker Reports 
    • Reviewing Worker logs
    • The importance of Symptom Surveys
    • The importance of Medical Examinations 
    Session 4 – Identifying Risk Factors
    • Screening for Risk Factors 
    • Physical Risk Factors
    • Psychological Risk Factors 
    • Using a checklist 
    • General Ergonomic Risk Analysis Checklist 
    Session 5 – Ergonomics Job Hazard Analysis  
    • The JHA Format 
    • Steps to JHA
    • How to identify hazards 
    • Indicate the actor and action for each step
    • Describe the Hazards in each step 
    • Preventive Measures 
    • Write the Safe Job Procedure 
    Session 6 – Discussion  
    • Two scenarios will be provided where workers will be asked to develop and discuss JHA for two different working procedures. 
    Session 7 – Controlling the Risk Factors 
    • The Hierarchy of Hazard Control Strategies 
    • Elimination and Substitution
    • Engineering Controls 
    • Work Practice and Administrative Controls 
    • Personal Protective Equipment 
    Session 8 – Implementing Controls 
    • Implementing effective control strategies 
    • Testing and Evaluation 
    • Safe lifting techniques 
    • Implement Ergonomics by using TILE (Task, Individual, Load, and Environment) 
    • The importance of using lifting aids and machines in ergonomics. 
    Session 9 – Practical Demonstration
    • Workers shall be asked to move a load from one place to another using safe lifting techniques.
    • Workers shall be asked to move a load using a variety of manual mechanical aids. 
    Session 10 – Medical Management
    • The different types of physiological issues that may occur.
    • How lifting heavy loads affects the body 
    • Employer Responsibilities 
    • Employee Responsibilities 
    • Healthcare provider responsibilities 
    • Treatment 
    Session 11 – Exercising 
    • Why stretching is important for Ergonomics?
    • How frequently does a worker have to stretch?
    • How does stretching decrease the probability of Musculoskeletal Disorders

    All field staff

    • Definition of Ergonomics
    • Physical harm associated with working with poor posture
    • Job Safety Analysis
    • Safe Lifting Techniques
    • Exercising


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