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Ergonomics essentials

This course gives insight into the relation between the working human and his/her workplace, tools, handling of materials, and environment. It will deal with all those aspects that make work easier, more healthy and efficient, if applied in the right way. It will bring understanding why physical work may parallel a risk for health, especially for developing musculoskeletal disorders. It will teach how a different design of a workplace or tool, or a better control of the working environment can result in a more efficient work performance and a lower risk for these musculoskeletal problems. It also includes social and legal concerns, including current standards.

The material is appropriate for students who have gained already a basic knowledge in recognition, evaluation and control of health risks. In addition, a guideline for instructors is added.

The course consists of ready-to-use material, that can be downloaded free of charge, printed and displayed. No on-line interaction is necessary.



Original Authors:

Alison Bell, Fiona Weigall, Brian Davies, Barbara McPhee and others.

Original affiliation, ownership:

School of Health Sciences, Univ. Wollongong, Australia. Ownership presumably: Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA), Nottingham, UK

Year of publication:


Charge for use or free:

Free of charge


Target group(s):

OSH experts; or in training

Usefulness for non-OSH-expert professionals:

Not useful for non-OSH-expert professionals in health care or other sectors; or in training

Time demand to complete the lesson or course:

5 days


The module is comprehensive and contains for the learner: a student manual (286 pages). For the teacher: ready-to-use Powerpoint slide shows for each course day, examples of assignments (case studies) including topics that should be covered in the answers, question lists including the page in the manual where the answer can be found, a guideline for teachers.
The module is part of the Collection of approved training materials of Related material is on • Noise – Measurement and its Effects; • Asbestos and Other Fibers; • Measurement of Hazardous Substances; • Thermal Environment; • Control of Hazardous Substances; • Basic Principles in Occupational Hygiene; • Health Effects of Hazardous Substances

Intellectual property and copyright:

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Downloading of the training materials of this module is free of charge but is subject to the Terms of Use of
Student Manual and course syllabus are provided under Creative Commons, Attribution – NoDerivs:
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