Every year, 35
million days are lost to British industry as a result of accidents
and ill health caused by work activities. A large number of these
accidents are due to a lack of thought and planning concerning the
use of our everyday systems.
The course provides the ergonomics theory and techniques used to
maximize the design of the tools, tasks and workplaces for improved
comfort, safety and performance of the workforce. The
techniques cover both the physical and psychosocial aspects of a
workplace design, following relevant HSE guidance and approaches to
assess and reduce risks.
What will the course cover?
- Ergonomics principles, methods and techniques
- Human Beings - physical and psychological factors
- Applied Anthropometry
- Workplace Design and DSE
- Manual Handling risks, assessments and controls
- Upper Limb Disorders - risks, assessments and controls
- Stress Management
- Influencing behaviour
- User investigation methods, such as interviews, questionnaires
and focus groups
- Task Analysis
- Controls and Displays
- Environmental Factors - Lighting, Floors and footwear,
Who should attend?
The course is suited to all who have an interest in workplace
ergonomics and wish to understand more about possible interventions
that could be made to assess and improve worker comfort, safety and
performance. No previous ergonomics or MSD experience is
Who will present?
Matthew Birtles - Matt has been a practising
ergonomist for 13 years. His work at HSL has spanned various
industries and topics, such as welding and foundry work, fairground
ride safety and other leisure industry projects, food production,
railway and train cabin design, furniture manufacturing,
construction health and safety and ergonomics in health care. He
also co-authored and presents, material on MSD training for HSE
inspectors, and manual handing and the material for this Ergonomics
course for the public. Matt has particular interest in the
prevention of musculoskeletal injury and the design of fit for
purpose ergonomic solutions to workplace problems.
Victoria Whitehouse is a psychologist with
experience conducting literature reviews in behavioural change and
worker engagement, as well as developing and testing a toolkit
looking to provide construction SME's with the tools and techniques
necessary to improve their health, safety and business performance.
Victoria has also developed and delivered a comprehensive training
course on behavioural change, and developed two further training
courses on work-related violence and wellbeing.
Jane Hopkinson is a psychologist working in
HSL's Social and Organisational Factors section. Jane's particular
area of expertise is in risk communication, knowledge, attitude and
behaviour changing techniques and the management of work related
stress and how these can be applied with regard to health and
safety. Jane has been responsible for developing and delivering HSL
training courses on the topics of behaviour change, wellbeing and
work related stress.
Comments and Feedback
"Just a short note to thank you for an excellent course last week,
it was great, one of the most useful and interesting courses that I
have ever been on."
Roger Barnes, BAE Systems
The course will be run at the HSE Science and Research Centre in
the spa town of Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District
and has good links to mainline train stations and Manchester
Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at www.visitbuxton.co.uk
The cost of the course is £1,750 per person (includes
course notes, lunches, refreshments and a course dinner on the
Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit
card at the time of booking.
For further dates and additional information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
contact the Training and Events Team at HSE directly on +44 (0)203
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