Ergonomics—General Office Safety (1-2 hours of training)

This comprehensive interactive multimedia-training program consists of one lesson that provides general musculoskeletal system and ergonomic definitions and an explanation of the concept of workplace ergonomics. It covers cumulative trauma and other disorders associated with the workplace. This program also describes proper work station design, proper computer monitor set-up, how to minimize reaching, bending and twisting, and lighting considerations for the office. Other topics include prevention through simple exercises, how to report factors in the workplace and how to maintain ergonomically correct practices off the job.

Audience: This program is excellent for all employees who may be exposed to unsafe ergonomics in their workplace.

Prerequisites: This lesson is designed so that no prior knowledge is required.


  • Define ergonomics and describe how to identify and prevent the onset of cumulative trauma and other disorders
  • Explain the basic structure of the musculoskeletal system
  • Explain the concept of workplace ergonomics
  • Define cumulative trauma disorders
  • Identify areas of the human body affected by ergonomics stress factors
  • Describe risk factors that contribute to cumulative trauma and other disorders
  • Describe disorders associated with repetitive motion
  • Describe disorders associated with awkward posture
  • Describe disorders associated with over exertions
  • Describe ergonomically correct office seating
  • Describe the proper position of the hand and arms relative to the work environment
  • Identify considerations for proper computer monitor set up
  • Describe ways to minimize reaching, bending, and twisting
  • Identify proper lighting considerations
  • Demonstrate hand and arm stretching exercises
  • Demonstrate neck and shoulder stretching exercises
  • Perform eye exercises to prevent fatigue
  • Assess and report workplace risks
  • Assess and report ergonomic health concerns
  • Maintain ergonomically sound practices off the job