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Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Ergonomics and Human Factors

Sep 9—12, 2019
4 days
Boston, MA, USA
USD 2050
USD 512 per day

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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


Jack Dennerlein, PhD is an Adjunct Professor of Ergonomics and Safety in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Dennerlein is also a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Sciences at Bouvè College of Health ...
Appointed at the School of Public Health since 1995, Mr. Courtney teaches ergonomics and injury prevention in the graduate curriculum and collaborates on a variety of scientific endeavors. His research interests include epidemiology of injury- particularly injuries due to falls, surveillance, obe...
Charles A. Czeisler, Ph.D., M.D., F.R.C.P. is the Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine, Director of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Division of Sleep Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He is an ...
Michael Erdil, MD, FACOEM, is a physician with Occupational and Environmental Health Network in Marlborough MA. Dr. Erdil is an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut Health Center in the Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Occupational Medicine; on the Active Staff in the D...
Meg's ergonomics experience has focused on employee work area and work method assessment, and ergonomics program development in Plant, Laboratory, R&D and Office work environments. At Genentech, the Ergonomics Group supports a staff of 16,000 on the South San Francisco site. She work with int...
Jeffrey N. Katz, MD, MS graduated from Princeton University in 1980, attended Yale Medical School, and completed a medical internship and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a Rheumatology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He received a Master’s Degree in 1990 at Harvard School of ...
Wayne S. Maynard CSP, CPE, ALCM, is Product Director Workers' Compensation line of business within Liberty Mutual Insurance with specialty of Ergonomics and Tribology (slips, trips and falls). Since 1995, Wayne has held leadership positions with Liberty Mutual Risk Control in Ergonomics and Tribo...
Suzanne Nobrega, MS, is a Project Director at the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. In her role as Co-Principal Investigator of the Healthy and Safe@Work Project, she directs a translational research effort aimed a...
Dr. Robertson has been conducting field and applied research projects in ergonomics and management for over 20 years, specifically focusing on office ergonomics interventions, work organization design, participatory approaches to designing and implementing integrated workplace solutions, training...

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Sep 9—12, 2019
4 days
Boston, MA, USA
USD 2050
USD 512 per day

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