Applied Skills in Ergonomics:
Analysis, Prevention Through Design, and Implementation 

November 3 - 5, 2021 | 8:00am - 5:00pm (Online)
July 26 - July 29, 2022 | 8:00am - 5:00pm (Richmond, CA)

COVID-19 Update:

COEH Continuing Education continues to monitor for updates on when we may be able to safely resume in-person activities for campus visitors. As members of the campus community, COEH-CE is not autonomous in our decision-making, and is subject to UC Office of the President, UC Berkeley, and government guidelines.

In acknowledgement of continued safety concerns related to COVID-19, the Applied Skills Workshop will be hosted online November 3 - 5, 2021. This offering will be limited to learners who have completed the Online Human Factors and Ergonomics training program, or the majority of the program (space pending).

We look forward to offering open enrollment for the Applied Skills Workshop on July 26 - July 29, 2022. 

Course Details

This 3-day workshop provides guided practice in advanced measurement techniques used by practitioners in the field.  Attendees will perform a job analysis on one simulated manufacturing/ assembly task and/ or one manual material handling task. The analysis will include exposure measurements addressing validity and reliability of measures and the interpretation of those measures using evidence-based threshold limit values and risk assessment tools.  New topics in ergonomics (2018 ACGIH TLV for Hand Activity, exoskeletons, etc) will be explored through a case-based approach to learning.  Students will continue their engagement with the case by applying the iterative design process to determine plausible solutions to mitigate the exposures measured.  The hypothetical assessment of the design solutions will be explored by discussing various pilot study designs to assess its effectiveness and efficacy.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe best practices in measuring, analyzing, and interpreting physical exposures in a job

  • Review what we know about exoskeletons, how they might be utilized in the workplace, and what potential negative consequences should be assessed

  • Use a case based approach to demonstrate proficiency in measuring, analyzing, and interpreting physical exposures in a job

  • Use a case based approach to demonstrate proficiency in the design process to mitigate exposures and risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)


Target Audience 

This educational activity is intended for ergonomists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physicians, occupational health nurses, industrial hygienists, industrial/mechanical engineers, safety professionals, and others involved in ergonomic exposure assessment. 

Practice Gap
This course is meant to help practitioners properly understand and measure task and job level physical exposures in the workplace using the latest technology and research available. Further, this course will teach practitioners how to interpret quantified and predicted exposures in terms of increased risk for MSDs. 

Wednesday, November 3rd

Measuring Basic Exposure and Risk Assessment Parameters

Fundamentals of Human Factors and Ergonomics (ERG100) and Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors (ERG120) or equivalent field experience recommended

  • Review of physical exposures and measuring techniques (defining an exertion, measuring force, summarizing posture, distance and duration)

  • Hands-On Technique Lab: Applying measurement skills in construction, warehousing, and packaging tasks


Thursday, November 4th

Updates in Ergonomics


Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors (ERG120) and Cognitive Ergonomics and Human Factors (ERG130) or equivalent field experience recommended

  • The 2018 ACGIH TLV for Hand Activity (includes Hands-On Technique Lab)

  • Preventing Fatigue: Calculating maximum acceptable exertions and recovery for UE and MMH tasks (including Hands-on Technique Lab)

  • Exoskeletons: Assessing application in the workplace 


Friday, November 5th

The Basics of Design: Applying the Design Process to Mitigate Risk of MSDs

Evidence Based Practice (ERG110) and Prevention Through Design (ERG140) or equivalent field experience recommended 

  • Utilizing anthropometric and strength data

  • The design process

  • Introduction to CAD (Fusion 360)

  • Prototype usability and evaluation

  • Preventing errors