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Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Ergonomics and Human Factors

Next dates

Sep 9—12
4 days
Boston, MA, USA
USD 2050
USD 512 per day


Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a leading cause of employee injury and illness across industries and occupations. Fortunately, work-related MSDs and their associated costs can be prevented through the effective application of ergonomic principles.

This applied program brings together professionals from across industries and sectors to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders and improve workplace health and safety through ergonomics. Ergonomics and Human Factors explores both the technical skills required to perform job assessments and the organizational factors which contribute to successful ergonomics programs.

Participants will complete this program ready to control health and performance problems through ergonomic interventions, optimize their organization’s ergonomics program, and improve employee health and safety.

Improve Employee Health and Safety

With a focus on improving worker health and safety, this program offers practical advice for implementing and optimizing workplace ergonomics programs. In addition, the technical skills required for occupational ergonomic interventions are explored through lectures, group work, and in-depth discussions. This course is unique in considering both the public health and industry perspectives.

New Office Ergonomics Sessions

Poorly designed work stations, bad work habits, and prolonged sitting can all have serious adverse health effects. With much of the American workforce performing sedentary work at a desk all day, office ergonomics has taken on new levels of importance. This course now includes an expanded focus on office ergonomics to address these challenges. New sessions include:

  • Sit Stand Desks and the Necessary Training
  • Considerations for Standing Work
  • Physiology of Sitting, Standing, and Walking-Integration of Treadmills to Improve Workstations
  • Review of the Evidence for Workstations
  • System’s Approaches to Combating the Sedentary Workplace

Objectives & Highlights

At Ergonomics and Human Factors, You Will Learn to:

  • Initiate or improve ergonomics programs to optimize system performance and well-being
  • Perform basic analysis to identify, evaluate, and control risk factors that contribute to work-related musculoskeletal disorders
  • Describe evidence based approaches to combat the sedentary workplace

Highlighted Program Topics:

  • Design and management of workplace ergonomics programs
  • Office ergonomics
  • Anatomy and physiology of low-back pain and upper-extremity disorders
  • Analysis, control, and treatment of work hazards, including NIOSH lifting equation, RULA, and Strain Index


This program provides a unique perspective on ergonomics and human factors in industry by exploring both physical and organizational ergonomics. Sessions on physical ergonomics will provide job-assessment tools, consider occupational biomechanical issues, and explore scientific studies offering the latest evidence for physical risk factors, treatments, and MSDs.

Organizational ergonomics sessions include examples of successful ergonomic programs and considerations for effective program management. Participants will also explore critical issues in organizational ergonomics including management commitment, employee involvement (participatory approaches), hazard recognition, loss control, and return-to-work policies.

Who should attend

Ergonomics and Human Factors is ideal for professionals with direct responsibility for the health and safety of employees and the work environment. The program will include participants from diverse job functions, companies, industries, and countries. Ideal participants include:

  • Corporate medical staff
  • Ergonomists
  • Human resource professionals
  • Human factors professionals
  • Industrial hygienists
  • Manufacturing and design engineers
  • Occupational health practitioners
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Safety and health managers and engineers
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