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Online program emphasizes office ergonomics

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Toronto – As part of International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day (which takes place annually on Feb. 28), office workers can use a new online training program to learn about the importance of ergonomics and how to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders.

The Institute for Work & Health and the Public Services Health & Safety Association launched the program, which is available both as a free, web-based option and an advanced option in which organizations may track workers who have completed the training.

The 90-minute course is divided into nine modules that address topics such as basic ergonomic principles, posture, light glare and chair positioning. The online program will help users:

  • Discuss risks involved with computer work
  • Explain the need to vary their work posture
  • Identify key factors to maximize the “comfort zone”
  • Assess their office work environment
  • Apply ergonomics strategies to the work environment
  • Describe the importance of rest breaks and other helpful workstation habits