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Ergonomics Short Course

Our popular bi-annual short course, Putting Ergonomics into Practice, is a four day training course at SRI-Ergonomics facilities that integrates lectures, case studies, hands-on demonstrations, and workshops to teach attendees how they can improve employee satisfaction, productivity, and safety through ergonomics. It is typically offered in the Spring (May) and the Autumn (September - October) with limited enrollment, to ensure full class participation. It also offers CEU credits.

Over the past decade, our short course has been attended by over 500 professionals who wear a variety of hats including: 

  • Safety & Health professionals
  • Healthcare workers
  • Engineers
  • Risk & Loss Control Managers
  • Union Representatives
  • Managers & Supervisors
  • HR personnel

Typical topics covered include:

  • The importance of understanding body size differences (anthropometry)
  • Structure and muscle function of the back, hand/wrist, shoulder, and neck
  • Basic biomechanical principles and how they apply to the major joints in the body
  • The use of several state-of-the-art ergonomics assessment tools
  • Principles of office ergonomics
  • Cognitive ergonomics issues
  • How psychosocial and work organization factors impact employee health
  • How to set up and maintain an effective ergonomics process


Spine Research Institute Ergonomics Short Course Reach

Some comments from past attendees:

This course is designed in such a way that you build each day on the basics and learn to master those skills to be successful at applying this knowledge to the assessment tools.

Amanda Chapman, Project Engineer, Sandalwood Engineering & Ergonomics

This is the course we will send our ergo specialists to when building their skill level.

David Wein, Sr Safety Manager-Corporate Safety, OshKosh Corporation

I really liked all the different assessment tools that were provided.

Shawn Holt, Safety Specialist, Newell Rubbermaid

Helped me to understand a lot on how the body works and how you can hurt your body and possible ways to prevent injuries.

Julie Lane, Safety Steering Committee, Sauder Woodworking

It was very obvious that the instructors love the subject and what they do. That by itself increased my learning.

Teresa Taylor, H&S Rep, Allison Transmission

Very in-depth and informative with how ergo principles relate to each specific work area.

Zach Phillippi, Industrial Engineer, TS Tech Americas

All presenters did a great job sharing their topic in a way that I could understand materials.

Tasha Gindlesberger, EHS Specialist, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

This course gives you some resources to do risk analysis and how to make corrections. Gives us tools to add to our safety toolbox.

Julie Houser, Safety & Sustainability Leader, Sauder Woodworking

I liked the course structure and enjoyed the off-site activities at COHAM.

Mike Crook, Industrial Engineer, TS Tech Americas

I really liked getting the basics and being given the resource (books) to get more details.

Nicole Fessler, Risk Manager, White Lodging Services Corp