Workstation Ergonomics Computer and Office Online Course | Alison

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Workstation Ergonomics - Revised

Learn to identify the key factors that can affect your workstation ergonomics.

Health and Safety
Free Course
This free online course in Workstation Ergonomics teaches you about the physical and environmental ergonomics factors, proper posture and seating positions, and musculoskeletal disorders that result from bad ergonomics. Ergonomics is the study of people's efficiency in their working environment. With this course, you will learn how it helps improve productivity and performance at work, prevent illnesses, and reduce physical strain/injury.





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It is important for those who spend long periods of time working with computers to know about workstation ergonomics, also known as DSE. This course demonstrates the recommended way to use computer equipment in a safe and healthy way. Given the widespread use of computers at work and beyond, this course is increasingly vital in today's world.

The course starts of with introducing you to what Ergonomics is and dose, briefly describes its benefits and then discusses the factors affecting workstations ergonomics. After which the course will delve into using visual display units correctly and effectively, and will guide you through equipment that can be used for an ergonomic workstation.

Next the course begins discussing the physical factors in workstation ergonomics followed by the environmental factors. Lastly the course speaks of musculoskeletal disorders, teaching you about how to recognize them, preventing them and presents a case study on musculoskeletal disorders.

This course would be of great interest to anyone working in an office environment to improve their posture, health or performance in work.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Define ergonomics
  • Identify the key factors that can affect workstation ergonomics
  • Recognise the key factors for effective VDU use
  • Identify the types of equipment that can create an ergonomic workstation
  • Recognise the physical factors that impact on an ergonomic workstation
  • Identify the environmental factors that affect workstation ergonomics
  • Apply ergonomic theory to realistic situations in the workplace
  • Choose appropriate solutions to ergonomic problems in a workplace
  • Recognise Muscoloskeletal Disorders (MSDs)
  • Describe methods of preventing MSDs in the workplace
  • Outline appropriate solutions to prevent MSDs in the workplace


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