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Shipyard Ergonomics

Online Training Certification Course

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This ergonomics certification course is designed to increase employer and employee awareness of ergonomic risk factors associated with shipyard and maritime tasks. Course content includes an overview of musculoskeletal disorders, the importance of ergonomics, and ergonomic solutions for protecting employees.

Many shipyard and maritime tasks are performed in awkward body postures, on scaffolds, at nonadjustable workstations, and in confined spaces. These working conditions place employees at risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Maritime and shipyard ergonomics training helps reduce the number and severity of work-related MSDs.

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This ergonomics training is designed for anyone who works at a shipyard or maritime workplace. The ergonomics best practices presented in this safety training may help prevent serious injury in the workplace.

Case Study: A 41-year-old man who had worked in a shipyard for three years went to the doctor complaining of severe groin pain. This pain had increased in severity in the preceding year, more so on the right side. For five hours a day for three years, the man had used an ultra-high-pressure water blaster to strip paint from ships, with one end of the device resting in his groin while the other end was directed outward at the ship, blasting the paint away. The device vibrated and caused mild discomfort during its use, and about one year into the use of the water blaster, the man began experiencing persistent groin pains. The severity of the pain caused the man to give up his job. Five years after starting his job at the shipyard, he had to undergo a total right hip replacement. Doctors determined that his bone problems were the result of vibration-induced injuries he suffered on the job.

Key Takeaway: The work practices that employees implement to get their jobs done effectively might in fact be very dangerous to their health. Since MSDs are not always immediately apparent, it may be difficult for workers to discern if their work methods are safe. It is better for employees and companies alike that the company should have a formal ergonomics program and make ongoing process improvements, with a shipyard ergonomics expert and a healthcare professional providing oversight.

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Governing Regulations

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor, is charged with the enforcement of safety and health conditions of workers through the use of regulations published in the Code of Federal Regulations. OSHA regulations are published in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations. OSHA shipyard ergonomics training is based on published ergonomics guidelines for the prevention of musculoskeletal injuries in the maritime industry.

What You'll Learn

    Introduction to OSHA Shipyard Ergonomics Training
  • Introduction to OSHA Shipyard Ergonomics Guidelines
  • The Importance of Ergonomics
  • Health Hazard: Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Ergonomics-Related Risk Factors for Shipyard Workers
  • Injury Statistics
    Process for Protecting Employees
  • Providing Management Support
  • Involving Employees
  • Providing Training
  • Identifying Problems
  • Implementing Solutions
  • Addressing Reports of Injuries
  • Evaluating Progress
    Introduction to Shipyard Ergonomics Solutions
  • Types of Controls
    Shipyard Ergonomics Solutions-Site-Wide
    Shipyard Ergonomics Solutions-Material and Equipment Handling
  • Carts, Hand Trucks, and Pallet Jacks
  • Drum Movers and Tilters, Overhead Cranes
  • Jib Cranes
  • Hoists and Balancers
  • Conveyors
  • Roller Balls
  • Moveable Containers, Pulley Systems, and Automatic Hose Rollers
  • Hose, Cord, and Cable Management Systems
  • Turning and Rotating Devices
  • Racks and Shelves, Material Positioners
  • Moving Welding Units, Large Hose Reels and Synthetic Lines
  • Tractors and Trailers, and Stack Blowers on Wheels
    Shipyard Ergonomics Solutions-Tools
  • Low-Vibration Tools and Tool Balancers
  • Metal Work
  • Shipside
  • Personal Protective Equipment
    Additional Resources

It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course. Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity than you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

Employers are responsible for training new personnel before assigning them to tasks that may expose them to hazards such as musculoskeletal disorders and other ergonomics-related risk factors.

The ergonomics guidelines for shipyard and maritime operations are advisory in nature and do not create any new OSHA duties. Since there is no OSHA standard dealing with this specific hazard, safety training should be conducted whenever needed to maintain a place of employment free from recognized hazards. This ergonomics certification online course meets these training requirements.

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

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