Office Ergonomics Canada
All persons who have work activities in an office setting; use computer workstations or participate in activities involving light lifting, repetitive motions, or other procedures that may be related to MSDs; and employers who may be responsible for implementing an ergonomics program
This course is designed to provide the basic information needed to recognize and report musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) signs, symptoms, and risk factors. It addresses the key components of an ergonomics program and also provides information to assist both employees and employers in minimizing the risk of developing work-related MSDs. This course applies to employees and employers in office and administrative type settings. The content in this course is designed to comply with the intent of the applicable regulatory requirements and best practice guidelines and standards.
Learner objectives are to: define terms related to the study of ergonomics; recognize the general requirements of the Ergonomics Standard; recognize signs and symptoms of injury to the muscles and skeleton and the importance of early reporting; identify risk factors for injury to the muscles and skeleton; specify controls and work practices to reduce and/or eliminate risk factors for injury to the muscles and skeleton; specify how to report MSD signs, symptoms, and hazards in your job and how the employer is required to address them.
This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Pinchin Group of Companies, an environmental, health, and safety consulting firm with offices across Canada.
- identify the major parts of the musculoskeletal system
- identify work-related musculoskeletal disorders
- identify early signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal injuries
- identify characteristics of musculoskeletal disorders
- identify risk factors associated with musculoskeletal disorders
- identify controls commonly used to reduce or eliminate musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace
- identify the role of furniture and equipment in ergonomics
- identify practices that can cause back injuries