Industrial Ergonomic Evaluator
Certification Course

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Learning Outcomes

Our Industrial Ergonomic Course is designed for professionals who are interested in implementing or expanding their knowledge in on-site injury prevention and total body (lower back and upper extremity) and industrial ergonomics. A significant portion of this class is hands-on testing using the NIOSH, OSHA, WISHA, RULA, REBA, ACGIH-TLVs, and other evaluation tools. The training course discusses evidence-based evaluations and consulting protocols based on current OSHA standards, NIOSH guidelines, and published clinical literature. Learning outcomes include:

  • Select and describe current ergonomic evaluation tools and protocols
  • Differentiate risk factors associated with upper extremity and low back ergonomic injuries
  • Choose and apply internationally recognized upper extremity and low back ergonomic tools
  • Prepare, identify, and select engineering, administrative, and work practice controls/ergonomic solutions
  • Demonstrate the ability to use upper extremity and low back ergonomic assessment tools in multiple industrial and manufacturing environments
  • Apply to become a Certified Industrial Ergonomic Evaluator by obtaining a CIEE Certification

Additional Course Content

  • Introduction to Ergonomics

    • What is ergonomics, anthropometrics, and ergonomic cost benefit analysis
    • Identify risk factors and implement controls and job modification techniques
    • How to implement an ergonomic injury prevention program in any company
    • Hands-on job demands analysis and job safety analysis
  • Low Back Ergonomics

    • Evidence-based research on low back ergonomics
    • Manual material handling tools, techniques, and controls
    • Does lifting technique matter?
    • Push, pull, carry, sitting, standing, and lower extremity ergonomics
    • Use of OSHA checklists, REBA, ACGIH-TLV for lifting, Liberty Mutual tables, Washington State lift calculator, and NIOSH lifting guidelines
  • Upper Extremity Ergonomics

    • Evidence-based research on common UE disorders
    • Hands-on experience using vibration measurements, ACGIH-TLV for hand, RULA, strain index, and Washington State checklist
    • Job modification techniques for UE ergonomic risk

Who Should Attend

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapist Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Medical Doctors
  • Kinesiologists
  • Physicians
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Safety & Health Professionals

Education Level

  • Introductory
  • No prerequisites required
  • 15:1 student to instructor ratio

Domain/Contact Hours/CEUs

  • Category 2: OT Process – Prevention
  • 21.5 hours (3 days)
  • 2.1 AOTA CEUs

Course Completion

  • Participation in the full three days of training
  • Successful completion of a 20 question multiple choice quiz on day one
  • Successful completion of a case study on day two and day three
  • Completion of course quiz with a score of 80% or better in all course formats

Course Schedule

Day One:

  • Review evidence-based ergonomic standards, techniques, and methodologies
  • Discuss the use of anthropometrics, anthropometric approaches, and design principles
  • Identification of risk factors (physical, environmental, psycho-physical and psycho-social)
  • Overview of engineering controls, administrative controls, work practice, training, and medical management
  • Perform a job demands analysis and job safety analysis through video

Day Two:

  • Learn and identify evidence-based low back ergonomic risk and risk reduction techniques
  • Discuss risk factors and controls associated with push/pull/carry and sitting/standing
  • Perform multiple hands-on lower back/material handling ergonomic assessments including:
    • OSHA checklist
    • Liberty Mutual lift/carry/push/pull
    • Washington State lift calculator
    • ACGIH TLV for lifting
    • NIOSH Lift

Day Three:

  • Identify evidence-based upper extremity risk and risk reduction techniques
  • Hands-on use of multiple upper extremity assessment tools including:
    • RULA
    • REBA
    • Washington State checklist
    • Vibration
    • ACGIH TLV for hands
    • Strain index

Course Instructor

Course Approval

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Approved for Occupational Therapists

OccuPro is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 6012. This Live in Person, Live Webcast, and On Demand format is offered at 2.1 CEUs and is an introductory education level course in the OT Domain of Prevention. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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Approved for Athletic Trainers

We are recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer training courses to certified athletic trainers. Every course we offer is approved for continuing education units (CEUs) as defined by the BOC for certified athletic trainers. Our BOC approved provider number is P3880.

What People Say About Us

Jim Mecham was an excellent presenter, was well organized, and answered all questions. The course exceeded my expectations. I have a MUCH clearer understanding of the ergonomic evaluation process.

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SC Johnson

It is all evidenced-based material. I was given time to practice using the assessment tools during the course which made it easy to use the information right away in my practice. 

Andre Daniel, ATC
Froedtert Hospital

Jim made watching the course On Demand very interesting and was able to maintain attention through interaction with everyone in the room. Keep doing exactly what you've been doing because I thought it was great!

Joshua Dahl, MS, ATC
Winona Health

Jim Mecham is one of the best instructors I have heard! He had a very kind, comprehensive and thorough approach, mixed with a little humor that kept the attention of the class.

Sherry Haupt, DPT

I have practiced for 29 years and have taken a lot of courses. This On Demand course kept my interest and was not difficult to complete.

Donna Klardie
St. Luke's University Health Network

Jim Mecham had an awesome personality, explained topics clearly, and answered all questions positively!

Jessica Haaf, DPT
AquaCare Rehabilitation

This was my first On Demand course and I liked it. I appreciated that Jim was mindful of the fact that he was on video. It is nice to be able to pause and repeat the information as needed.

Susan Hardesty, MS, OTR
Eskenazi Health

Thank you for a very informative and practical course on pre-placement post-offer screenings! I appreciated the extensive knowledge, expertise, and ability to adjust/tailor the course to the individual needs of attendees. The format allowed those new to the subject and the "seasoned" practitioner to gain very useful and current information. I hope to attend future classes and highly recommend this course to others who may be interested in this topic.

Kathy Wolf, OTR, CRC
Waukesha Memorial Hospital

Exceptional as always! Jim is a wealth of knowledge and based on his presentations you know he continues to review the latest research, literature, and incorporates it into the lectures and software.

Karen Spiecher, OTR/L
Physiotherapy Associates

The course was easy to follow, had lots of vital info, and taught me the dos and don'ts. Also, the On Demand format allowed me to watch from my couch! I provided great snack foods for myself!

Michael REnfro
Catalyst Sports Medicine

The On Demand course surpassed all of my expectations! I expected to lose interest but Jim Mecham was very engaging, informative, took feedback/questions from the attendees and gave detailed answers!

Adam Muheisen, PT Technician
Michigan Neurology

Jim Mecham was very good! He was easy to understand, provided great PT examples, and related the material to rehab practices, which made the course very interesting.

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