Code: HPEO405
Apply this course towards: Environmental and Occupational Health

Course description

Ergonomics is the science that addresses workers' performance and well-being in relation to their work, workplace, tools, equipment and environment. Ergonomic considerations include body positioning, indoor air quality, noise and lighting levels, and the use of video display terminals.

This course provides practical information on:

  • identifying potential ergonomic hazards in the work environment
  • implementing and monitoring an ergonomic program
  • back injury and repetitive strain injury prevention
  • meeting current regulatory requirements

Learning objectives

  • Define ergonomics.
  • Describe the general role that ergonomics plays in occupational health.
  • Be familiar with basic biomechanical principles involved in the use of the upper limbs and lower spine.
  • Perform a risk evaluation to identify potential risk factors in the workplace.
  • Outline the specific features of activities that create risk to the worker.
  • Outline a basic strategy to reduce risk in a problem you have identified in a workplace.


Admission to the certificate program in Environmental and Occupational Health.

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Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology

This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).