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Ergonomic Principles and Posture Assessment

$45.00 [5.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours]

Course Number: #03-304

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CEU Course Description

This course was developed for individuals who intend to provide training on ergonomic principles that focus on musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) risk-factor exposures.  It was designed for trainers of all experience levels including the beginning trainer.  This course consists of a series of demonstrations designed to complement training on ergonomic principles.  A description of the materials needed and step-by-step methodology are included in this course.  Each demonstration highlights worker participation and uses relatively inexpensive materials.  The demonstrations show the effect of posture, work methods, workstation design, tools, tasks, and location of materials on worker exposure to MSD risk factors.  In addition, this course describes an observational approach for assessing postural stress of the trunk and upper limbs that is intended to improve risk analysis for prevention of MSD.

CEU Course Objectives

1.  Discuss the different types of grips used while working and explain when each is appropriate to use and why that particle grip is most suitable.

2.  Explain how tasks and workspaces should be designed so that work is conducted at a certain percentage of maximum capacity.

3.  Compare and contrast neutral vs. flexed postures for several body parts and discuss the importance of each to minimize MSD risk.

4.  Examine the relevance of impeding blood flow by not moving muscles for an extended period of time.

5.  Scrutinize the approaches that have been used to identify risk factors for work-related MSDs and explain when each method is pertinent to use.

6.  Describe the factors that lead to a vicious cycle of chronic pain and inflammation of the vertebral discs and the circumstances that cause the degeneration of these discs.

CEU Course Syllabus / Outline

Neutral Postures   1.75 CEUs
Hand Tool Selection and Use   0.57 CEUs
Fatigue Failure and Back Pain   0.75 CEUs
Moment Arms and Lifting Principles   0.63 CEUs
Current Practices in Job Analysis and Musculoskeletal Disorders   0.40 CEUs
Observaton-based Posture Assessment   0.90 CEUs

Total = 5 Contact hours/0.5 CEUs


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Connecticut YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
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Nebraska YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
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Rhode Island YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
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South Dakota YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
Tennessee We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our California, New York, Illinois, Ohio, or Florida board approvals.
Texas We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our California, New York, Illinois, Ohio, or Florida board approvals.
Utah YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
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Washington YES! Accepts California Physical Therapy Board Approval
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