Workplace Ergonomics


Every year, millions of days are lost to industries as a result of accidents and ill health caused by work activities. A large number of these accidents are due to a lack of thought and planning concerning the use of our everyday systems.

Taking account of ergonomics and human factors can reduce the likelihood of an accident and can improve health and safety in your workplace.

Ergonomics is the science concerned with the ‘fit’ between people and their work. It puts people first, taking account of their capabilities and limitations. Ergonomics aims to make sure that tasks, equipment, information and the environment fit each worker to ensure their safety, comfort and performance.

This course provides a solid introduction to ergonomics and the theory and techniques used to optimise the design of tools, tasks and workplaces. The techniques taught cover both the physical and psychosocial aspects of workplace design, following relevant HSE guidance and approaches to assess and reduce risks.

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Learning Outcome

This programme will help you achieve those aims and help you initiate and manage change more effectively. In particular, it will help you to:

  • Understand key ergonomic principles, methods, and techniques
  • Understand physical and psychological factors such as behaviour in the workplace and work-related stress
  • Gain an understanding of applied anthropometry
  • Understand manual handling risks, assessments and controls
  • Understand upper limb disorder risks, assessments and controls
  • Apply wider user investigation methods, such as fitting trials
  • Understand the logic of workplace item arrangement for greater efficiency and reduced error using link analysis
  • Understand the effect of environmental factors


  • ShortLectures/Presentations
  • GroupDiscussions
  • Individual/GroupPresentations
  • Short VideoClips
  • CaseStudy
  • RolePlays
  • SimulationActivities


Day 1

  • Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health Management
  • Elements and components of Occupational Safety and Health Management
  • What is Ergonomics
  • What are the leading factors in Ergonomics
  • Why Ergonomics is important in the workplace
  • Video slide on Ergonomics
  • Why standing had been introduced in the workplace
  • Types of standing in the workplace
  • The hazards involved in standing in the workplace

Day 2

  • Guidelines in sitting at the workplace
  • Manual Handling and understanding their hazards
  • Video show on Manual Handling
  • What can be done about Ergonomic Hazards in the workplace – a Group discussion
  • How to create Ergonomic programme in the workplace
  • Summary and Assessment

Course Categories

  • Effective Safety Committee Training
  • Workplace Ergonomics
  • Safety Leadership
  • Visible Felt Leadership