Ergonomics Cross-Training: Fundamentals for the Industrial Hygienist

Updated: Feb 12

The field of industrial hygiene is changing, with many occupational health and safety professionals required to perform duties outside the scope of their primary training.


Ergonomics in particular is frequently delegated to industrial hygienists. While most industrial hygiene university programs include some ergonomics education, the basics aren’t always enough to make the desired impact. Advancing knowledge and education in ergonomics not only reduces risk today, but also optimizes designs to build a more sustainable future.


Industrial hygiene professionals looking to expand their skill set can do so from the convenience of their own home or office. Opportunities for learning evidence-based assessment tools and the latest information about ergonomics research is readily available online, and in some cases, free.


A number of online courses, webinars, and distance learning opportunities are available from reputable universities, and many count towards educational requirements for the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics.


Through prioritizing programs and strategies to improve safety, industrial hygienists also directly impact quality, performance, and the bottom line. These process improvements keep experienced, effective employees engaged and motivated.


Are you an IH professional looking to grow your ergonomics expertise? Our Fundamentals of Human Factors and Ergonomics course presents essential concepts from multiple disciplines and is designed to help working professionals minimize injury and optimize worker performance.

Scott JG, Shore , E, Brown , C, Harris C, Rosen MA. Highlights from occupational safety and

health continuing education needs assessment. Am J Ind Med. 2019;1‐7. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajim.23014

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