Office Ergonomics Certification
The Office Ergonomics Certification Program offers a unique blend of ergonomic evaluation training based on current best practice with the real-world experience of instructors who work with major employers on a daily basis. The result of this unique blend of information and experience is solid skill development in a purposeful atmosphere of program development. The intended goal of the course is to prepare you to thrive as an ergonomic evaluation and solutions provider in seated and standing work environments as the employee of an enterprise or in a free-standing clinical practice.
The Matheson CEES Office Ergonomics course is a comprehensive and complete education opportunity to give you the tools to handle all office ergonomic situations. This class has been utilized by medical providers (PT, OT, ATC, Chiropractors and Nurses), Safety Team members and company ergonomic representatives internationally to expand their roles to be able to confidentially provide ergonomic evaluations at their business and within their community. The instructor is an entrepreneur who makes a living providing ergonomic and injury prevention services to both large and small businesses. This provides students who are looking to expand their role or business in ergonomics a unique opportunity to get their specific questions or barriers addressed. This class will give you the confidence to be the “Ergo Guy or Girl” at your business, expand your business to include ergonomic offerings and will set the foundation for having a career in ergonomics if you choose.
- A detailed look at the most common office workplace injuries, why these injuries occur and what can be done to mediate the risk in the office.
- Be able to evaluate the worker and their interface with their workstation to be able to identify risk factors that could contribute to discomfort and injury.
- Be able to quantify these risk factors and use objective measures to justify equipment or workstation modification expenses.
- Review some various ergonomic equipment options equipment options and when it is appropriate to recommend them.
- Understand how to provide recommendations to modify workstations and make adjustments when there is no budget available for equipment or modifications.
- Learn how computer user’s postures, habits and positioning can lead to discomfort and common coaching strategies to improve the way they interface with their workstation.
- Gain information to develop injury prevention talks, office stretching programs and developing ergonomic programs with businesses.
- Discussion around best practice for business ergonomic programing, developing or expanding your business program to include ergonomics.
- How to expand your current role with your company to include ergonomics or ideas how to start your own business providing office ergonomic evaluations.
- Break down hot topics in ergonomics including alternative office spaces and equipment.
- Learn when ergonomic equipment is not appropriate and how to prevent wasteful spending on unnecessary equipment.
- Debate the idea of sitting vs standing workstations and learn when they may be appropriate but also better understand when this is not the best practice for your customers and company.
Who Should Attend
- Medical providers that are looking to open up new opportunities for professional advancement and/or interested in creating a new revenue stream at their business. Several Medical providers have successfully expanded their business offerings or created businesses around ergonomics following completion of this course.
- Employees in the area of safety, risk management, human resources, facilities and wellness who are looking to enter the field of office ergonomics or to fine tune and improve their current ergonomics offerings.
- Professionals from the fields of Safety, Risk Management, and the allied health sciences recognize the Matheson Office Ergonomic Evaluation Certification Program as a cornerstone of best practice education in risk assessment and abatement.
14 Hours (Lecture & Group Work)
Registration on the first day is from 8 – 8:30 a.m.
Subsequent day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break at 12 noon and two 15 minute breaks around 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
AOTA CEU’s awarded based upon completion of the course in its entirety.
Matheson Education and Training Solutions is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers.
Matheson Education and Training Solutions LLC
166 South River Road Suite 240
Bedford, NH 03110
Phone: 1-800-443-7690 (Toll Free)
Charles Alexander, OTR/L, CWCE, CEES
Charles Alexander, OTR/L is a licensed Occupational Therapist in the state of Vermont and New York. He Graduated from Utica College in 2002 and has worked primarily in the arena of injury prevention, ergonomics, industrial rehabilitation and FCE. He is a Certified Ergonomic Evaluation Specialist (CEES) and has experience in both large and small business injury prevention efforts and ergonomics. His clinical focus has primarily been working with individuals who have work-related injuries. He works closely with several employers including (Green Mountain Power, Rhino Foods, Perigo, Twincraft, Velco, Bombardier Transportation, Volvo-Nova Bus, Mold-Rite Plastics and City of Burlington VT), in providing a mixture of onsite ergonomics, post offer/pre-employment testing, job analyses, and preventative programs that promote self-treatment and management. He is EPIC certified and is contracted in the legal arena as an expert witness.
Introduction to course and student goals/objectives.
Introduction to Ergonomics
Discussion of the history of ergonomics, philosophy and opportunity in field.
Identifying Risk Factors
Tools to identify Risk Factors
1:00 – 5:00
ANSI Z-365, Link Analysis and NIOSH lift equation as they relate to quantifying risk in the office space to justify modifications and ergonomic equipment.
In class questions from day #1.
Review of Day #1
Completion of the ANSI Z-365 utilization and NIOSH Lift Equation as applies to the office setting. Practice using these tools.
Ergonomic Equipment and Making Recommendations
Classroom discussion around equipment that is being used nationally and internationally.
Performing the Onsite Ergonomics Evaluation
What you need to be able to perform your first evaluation, organizing evaluation and performing objective measures
Formatting your report and creating a user friendly report that can be utilized by your referral source.
What you need to know to expand your role in ergonomics. Includes expansion ideas for ergonomic programs at your company. For the entrepreneur, discussion around marketing, cost per service, proposals and business expansion ideas.
Practical Ergonomics Assessment of Live/Real World Office Spaces
Evaluators will team up in groups of 2-4 and evaluate a live and actual office setting. They will be asked to objectively assess risk factors practicing the tools that were provided and will put together a summary report and present findings to the class.
What you need to know to become a CEES-Office level evaluator. Review of the certification process and report requirements
Review of forms provided, as well as Matheson as a resource