NIOSH supported Education and Research Centers throughout the country are pleased to present the Ergonomics Webinar Series, offering free monthly webinars on various topics on Human Factors and Ergonomics. A collaborative effort on behalf of each ERC’s Continuing Education program, our goal is to provide access to current research supported through NIOSH ERC Programs.
Please note, Certificates of Completion are not available for this webinar series at this time, except when otherwise noted.
NIOSH Education and Research Centers (ERCs) provide training and education to meet the demand for qualified safety and health professionals in the United States. NIOSH funds 18 ERCs across the US, based at academic institutions, which provide occupational safety and health training and education to a range of students and professionals. The goal is for the ERCs to provide interdisciplinary programs to increase knowledge and skills in OSH.
The ERC Continuing Education programs reach thousands of professionals each year. The ERCs offer a diversity of courses that include webinars, in-depth hands-on training, and others to improve workplace safety and health. Over the past several years, the Directors of the Continuing Education programs have looked for ways they can combine their institutional expertise to deliver training across the United States.
In 2018, the ERC Continuing Education directors developed a national assessment to identify the types of training needed by occupational safety and health professionals. The needs assessment identified that training was needed in the areas of injury prevention (specifically related to back injuries), occupational stress, and musculoskeletal issues. Musculoskeletal injuries are common in the workplace. The Bureau of Labor Statistics report that the incidence rate for musculoskeletal disorders in 2016 was 29.4 per 10,000 workers, compared to a rate of 2.9 for all injuries. Certain industries, such as healthcare, have significantly higher rates of injury due to MSDs. The injury rate for MSDs in 2010 for nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants was 249 per 10,000 workers.
In response to this need, the ERC Continuing Education programs initiated the development of a webinar series on Human Factors and Ergonomics. The series will provide an opportunity for professionals to learn more about human factors and ergonomics, and identify ways to reduce musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace.
The Human Factors and Ergonomics webinar series will share the latest research and expertise of our faculty with occupational safety and health students, professionals, and other who need more information on these topics. The goal of these programs is to reduce musculoskeletal injuries, and improve the working conditions of workers across the US.