Introduction to Ergonomics


This course has been designed to demystify the "Ergonomic Process", and allow our leadership/activists to see beyond the one dimensional aspect of injury reduction (important as this is), but to also recognize a powerful tool that you can use to begin, or continue to improve the ergonomic and psycho-social well being of our members, as they proceed through their working lives.

We know the effects of poorly designed jobs.  Workers Compensation statistic tell the story of workers suffering lost time injuries.  In the short term this results in he loss of earning power, pain and suffering, pressure on the health care system, and (hard to define) psychological stress on the entire family.

What activity groups will be focusing on is one major Workplace Case Study, but we will be drawing more general lessons from sessions such as how the body works and potential injuries, identify ergonomic hazards that cause these injuries, anthropometry (human body dimensions), ergonomic tools used to asses, physical demands analysis defining the physical aspect of a job, ergonomic legislation or guidelines and contact language on what we have negotiated on ergonomics in our collective agreements, etc.