Online program emphasizes office ergonomics
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