Course Description

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. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a general category used to describe a group of peripheral injuries associated with highly repetitive and/or forceful job activities that may also present postural challenges for those who have to perform them. This course will assist participants in recognizing the presence of MSD-related hazards and the importance of monitoring their status. The course will explore the relationship between workplace design and MSDs in addition to learning about specific MSD 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.

This is a pre-requisite to all the other courses in the Certificate in Ergonomic Program Management.

Receiving Course Credit

Each week students will complete reading assignments and review a case study. Students will be required to answer questions related to the case study that will form part of their overall grade for the course. The final assignment for the course, which contributes to 40% of the grade, is given at the conclusion of the fourth week. It will require participants to use the tools and information that are discussed and used during the course to conduct a hazard assessment at their place of work. To achieve credit for the course students must achieve an overall score of at least 60%.


  • 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 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.


David Chiasson, M.Sc., CPE
David works for Ergonomic Systems Associates Inc. (ESA). ESA is Atlantic Canada’s leading human performance consulting company specializing in Ergonomics. David has over eighteen years of experience helping corporations and government departments improve their performance. He has done this by helping companies identify design issues that lead to poor performance and injury while working with them to develop and implement practical and effective solutions that improve the design, set-up and organization of work systems, spaces, equipment, and tasks. David has a Master of Science degree with specialization in Ergonomics, is a member of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE), and is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist as awarded by the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE).


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Section Title
Ergonomics in the Workplace (100% Online)
Mar 09, 2020 to Apr 03, 2020
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $795.00
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