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Description

This online lecture, presented by Breca Tschilda, MSPH, CPE, shows the work done by the Minnesota OSHA Workplace Consultation. It presents common ergonomic issues that appear in various work scenarios, from call centers to manufacturing industries to office work. Ms. Tschilda describes about recommended solutions to these ergonomic issues. 

Outline

n this online lecture, Ms. Tschilda begins by discussing her work as a Minnesota OSHA Consultant and Ergonomic Program Coordinator. She shows how diversity in the workplace – from worker size to worker age – can impact ergonomic workplace needs. Throughout this discussion, she weaves in the idea of hazard prevention through the use of the Hierarchy of Controls.

Then Ms. Tschilda moves on to discuss common ergonomic issues found in various work scenarios, such as:

  • Manufacturing,
  • Order fulfillment,
  • Office work,
  • Call centers,
  • Cosmetology work, and
  • Healthcare.

When discussing these issues, she uses real-world case studies to highlight the issues she and her colleagues often encounter during workplace consultations. She also shares ergonomic solutions to problems, from adjustable workstations to magnifying eyewear, across a variety of industries.

Objectives

Upon completion of the module, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe how workers of different physical sizes may need different ergonomic adjustments to their workplace and tools.
  2. Recognize how the hierarchy of controls applies to ergonomic issues, specifically that eliminating a potential ergonomic hazards is more effective than requiring a worker to change their behavior.
  3. Be able to recognize the difference between a neutral posture versus an awkward posture for the wrist, shoulder and back.
  4. Be able to identify at least 4 of 5 common ergonomic workplace issues, as shown below:
    • Lifting too much weight,
    • Awkward lifting, bending, or reaching,
    • Twisting, 
    • Repetitive motion, and
    • Vibration.
  5. Understand that solutions exist for ergonomic problems, such as:
    • Adaptable workstation heights,
    • Product bins that prevent awkward bending or reaching,
    • Tool modifications, and
    • Magnifying eyewear to prevent neck strain.
  6. Be able to identify who typically gets hurt in ergonomic situations:
    • Workers in the “tails” of a normal distribution or bell curve,
    • Workers who have been doing the job for a long time, and
    • People who overwork themselves to their own detriment.
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Section Title
MN OSHA Consultation and Ergonomics in the Workplace
Type
Online, self paced
Dates
Mar 31, 2020 to Mar 31, 2024
Delivery Options
Self Paced Online  
Course Fee(s)
0 non-credit $0.00
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