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OSHA Ergonomics: Enforcement states:
OSHA has developed industry specific guidelines to provide specific and helpful guidance for abatement to assist employees and employers in minimizing injuries.
Even if there are no guidelines specific to your industry, as an employer you still have an obligation under the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) to keep your workplace free from recognized serious hazards, including ergonomic hazards. OSHA will cite for ergonomic hazards under the General Duty Clause or issue ergonomic hazard letters where appropriate as part of its overall enforcement program.
Who should take this course?
Many people would say that office work is very safe and that there are no significant risks for injury from working at a computer all day. Unfortunately, occupational injury statistics have shown that this is a misconception. When desks and workstations are not adjusted properly, workers may need to use stressful or awkward body positions to type on a keyboard, reach for their mouse, or talk on the telephone. This can create unhealthy strains on a worker's hands, wrists, arms, back, neck, and legs.
Over time, these working conditions can cause chronic symptoms and long-lasting damage to the body. Expensive medical claims, rising workers' compensation premiums, and extended employee absenteeism due to injuries can significantly increase a company's cost of doing business. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that repetitive motion injuries from activities like typing resulted in the longest absences from work in comparison to all other occupational injuries or illnesses. Therefore, it is in the best interest of a company to ensure that working conditions are healthy, safe, and comfortable for ALL their office employees.
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It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this OSHA Office Ergonomics 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.
Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable OSHA Office Ergonomics safety training certificate and wallet card.
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 then you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.
Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.
Our OSHA Office Ergonomics Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.
This course presents an overview of ergonomics best practices for office workers. It will cover the basic concepts of ergonomics, as well as ways to work smarter and more safely to reduce the possibility of injury from musculoskeletal disorders. It will also cover the causes of the most common injuries and discuss solutions based on the science of ergonomics to make you and your office safer. In addition, it presents case studies to emphasize the benefits of ergonomics training in the workplace and provides links to additional resources.
Specific topics covered in this course include:
- About This Course
- Section 1-Course Objectives
- Section 2-Introduction to Office Ergonomics Training
- Section 3-Why Do We Need Ergonomics Training?
- Section 4-Basic Concepts of Ergonomics
- Section 5-Ergonomic Hazards for Office Workers
- Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Rotator Cuff Syndrome
- Other MSDs of the Shoulders and Arms
- "Texting Thumb" and "iPad® Neck"
- Stages of MSDs
- Symptoms of MSDs
- Eyestrain-a Repetitive Stress Injury
- Back Pain
- Static Posture Problems
- Section 6-Ergonomics Can Make Your Workplace Better
- Ergonomics Can Improve Employee Well-Being
- Ergonomics Can Increase Productivity
- Ergonomics Can Lower the Cost of Injury Claims
- Section 7-Safety Standards
- Section 8-Safety Responsibilities
- Safety Responsibilities of Employers
- Safety Responsibilities of Employees
- Section 9-Ergonomic Solutions
- Workstation Adjustments-Chair Height
- Workstation Adjustments-Chair Backrest
- Workstation Adjustments-Chair Armrest
- Workstation Adjustments-Monitor
- Workstation Adjustments-Keyboard and Mouse
- Workstation Adjustments-Work Copy and Reference Materials
- Workstation Adjustments-Telephone
- Workstation Adjustments-Surrounding Work Area
- Using Laptop Computers
- Alternative Workstation Arrangements-Dual Monitors
- Alternative Workstation Arrangements-Standing Desks
- Alternative Workstation Arrangements-Alternative Keyboards
- Alternative Workstation Arrangements-Unconventional Chairs
- New Considerations in the Workplace: Tablets and Cell Phones
- Work Environment Self-Assessment
- Administrative Improvements
- Section 10-Summary
- Section 11-Additional Resources
OSHA has not specified any time frame for required retraining or recertification for Office Ergonomics. Since there is no OSHA standard dealing with this specific hazard the OSH Act general duty clause, section 5(a)(1), 29 U.S.C. 654(b)(1) defines the standard which provides that:
(a) Each employer -
(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.
A recognized hazard is a danger recognized by the employer's industry or industry in general, by the employer, or by common sense. The general duty clause does not apply if there is an OSHA standard dealing with the hazard, unless the employer knows that the standard does not adequately address the hazard.