Course Description

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

In this course, participants will learn about the nature of work that is typical of office-based workplaces and how this work can have profound effects on employees’ musculoskeletal systems. The course will move into exploring the use of advanced hazard identification tools to assess corresponding office jobs and from there will review a process for using a participatory workplace approach to identify the root causes of hazards and the solutions that can mitigate them. Drawing on information from the instructor’s eighteen years of first-hand experience and the latest Canadian Standards Association’s Guideline on Office Ergonomics, participants will learn about the most successful, cost-effective methods of keeping employees safe by proactively controlling the hazards associated with office work.

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: Introduction to Office Ergonomics / The Ergonomics Process
  • Week 2: Application of Ergonomics / Requirements of the Workspace
  • Week 3: Requirements of the Workspace (continued) / How to Apply an Office Ergonomics Assessment Form
  • Week 4: Interventions to Eliminate the Root Causes of Hazards

What You Will Learn

  • The different types of work, from a musculoskeletal point of view, which can be found in industrial workplaces and how that can influence the type of injuries that occur.
  • How to use advanced hazard identification tools to identify variables that affect the safety of employees’ jobs.
  • Learn about and gain practice using a participatory approach to identify root causes of hazards that place employees at risk of injury and solutions to eliminate the root causes.
  • The most applicable equipment and technology to use in the correct situations to help avoid unnecessary product purchases or modifications while controlling risks of musculoskeletal injuries quickly and efficiently.
  • How to identify areas within your workplace where there is room for organizational improvement and what changes need to take place for improvement to occur.


By enrolling in this course, you will be automatically enrolled in the Certificate in Ergonomics Program Management.

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
Office Ergonomics and Workplace Design
Online - Self-Paced
Jan 13, 2025 to Feb 07, 2025
Online - Scheduled
9:00PM to 10:00PM
Jan 15, 2025 to Feb 05, 2025
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
Several journal articles will be distributed by the instructor throughout the duration of the course.
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