Course Description

This course is 32 learning hours. It is recommended that students spend an average of 8 hours per week on this course.

This foundation course provides a basic understanding of the field of ergonomics and how to apply it to assist with injury prevention in the workplace. It will explore the relationship between workplace design and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in addition to learning about specific hazard analysis checklists and tools, their results, and implications for workplace design. The course will conclude by examining reliable methods of developing and implementing actions to prevent MSDs from a workplace systems perspective based on a participatory approach.

Course Outline

Each week has a one-hour online live session with the instructor. There is a total of four hours of live sessions in this course. Students who are absent for a live session will have access to a recording.

  • Week 1: Overview of Ergonomics / Muscle Physiology and MSDs
  • Week 2: Recognizing Hazards Related to Musculoskeletal Disorders / Primary MSD Hazards / Gripping and Secondary Hazards
  • Week 3: MMH Hazards
  • Week 4: Office Ergonomics Awareness

What You Will Learn

  • Provide you with an in-depth look into the field of ergonomics
  • Introduce you to a framework for successful MSD prevention
  • Learn about the factors that can contribute to:
    • musculoskeletal disorders
    • accidents and injuries
    • psychosocial stress
    • decreased productivity, quality, etc.
    • reduced human performance
  • Provide you with the knowledge to help you identify basic hazards that can lead to injury in workplaces using several systems for assessing injury risk.
  • Learn about human anthropometry and how this can help with the specifications of tools and equipment to fit employees better to improve safety.


By enrolling in this course, you will be automatically enrolled in the Certificate in Ergonomics Program Management. This introductory course is a prerequisite to all the other courses in the certificate.

The Faculty of OLCD recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of the minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

Recommended For

  • Those responsible for occupational health & safety within office spaces, manufacturing operations, processing industries, business service sectors, transportation industries, and health-care facilities including:
    • health & safety co-ordinators
    • OH&S nurses
    • physiotherapists
    • occupational therapists
    • industrial hygienists
    • engineers
    • managers
    • supervisors

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Ergonomics in the Workplace
Online - Self-Paced
Oct 16, 2023 to Nov 10, 2023
Online - Scheduled
9:00PM to 10:00PM
Oct 18, 2023 to Nov 08, 2023
Schedule and Location
Total Learning Hours
  • Online Campus - Atlantic Time
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $795.00
Reading List / Textbook

A Guide to Human Factors and Ergonomics
Author: Martin Helander
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
ISBN: 0-415-28248-9 (Print Edition)

Occupational Ergonomics Theory and Applications
Authors: Amit Bhattacharya and James D McGlothlin
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
ISBN: 9781439819340

Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics
Author: Gavriel Salvendy
Edition: 4th
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
ISBN: 9781118131350

  • This textbook is available online through Novanet
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