Biannual Ergonomics Short Course


Our popular short course, Putting Ergonomics into Practice, educates attendees on how to systematically understand and then integrate ergonomics principles into the workings of a company or organization.  This course integrates lectures with case studies, demonstrations, and workshops to show how ergonomics can be used to reduce workplace injuries and improve productivity, safety, and employee satisfaction.

The course is typically held in the Spring (May) and the Autumn (September - October) time frames, with limited enrollment to ensure full class participation.  It also offers CEU credits.  Each offering will be held in one of two ways, depending on demand:

  • In-Person, over 3-1/2 continuous days, at SRI-Ergonomics facilities on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus; or

  • Remotely, over a two-week period, where attendees interact directly with OSU lecturers  and other students periodically and then conduct other class activities on their own time.

Topics covered in the course typically include:

Principles of workplace biomechanics

Integrating employee body size and individual differences in workplace designs

The use of state-of-the-art ergonomics assessment tools
Structure of the back, hand/wrist, shoulder, and neck, and how these joints are impacted by cumulative trauma How psychosocial and work organization factors impact employee health Workplace design solutions for reducing musculoskeletal disorders and improving productivity
Overcoming the resistance to change due to ergonomics improvements New technologies for improving workplace health Setting up and maintaining an effective ergonomics process


Where our attendees have traveled from to attend our short courses

Over the past decade, this short course has been attended by over 700 professionals who have a wide variety of job responsibilities, including: Safety & Health Professionals; Engineers; Risk & Loss Control Managers; Healthcare Workers; Managers & Supervisors; HR Personnel; Union Representatives; and Workers' Compensation Coordinators.



Contact Dr. Gary Allread, SRI-Ergonomics Program Director, to Learn More:
Some comments from past attendees:

Easily the best course I have taken.  Instructors were fantastic!  

     Stephen McCall, Safety Director, John Deere

I would be extremely likely to recommend this course to my colleagues in safety.  This course explained things in ways that I would have never thought of.   

     Dawn Evans, Safety Coordinator, NK Parts Industries

The only thing I would improve is maybe adding another week to the course. That's how much I enjoyed it.

     Norma Malanche, Returns/VAS Supervisor, Newell Brands

The amount of knowledge and experience [of speakers] is unparalleled.

     Cliff Gerbick, EHS Manager, AJ Rose Mfg.

You get a new view on material handing / repetitive tasks.

     Garrett Renner, Safety Specialist, Husky Lima Refinery

I would recommend to employers who want to increase their performance through the ergonomic process.

     Jonathan Pitts, Central Safety Specialist, BMW

Most in-depth and proactive ergo course I’ve taken.

     Joe Wimmer, Loss Control Consultant, Argent / West Bend Mutual Insurance 

All instructors were great. They communicated their information well and could answer pretty much any question.  

     Adam Murray, Engineer, TS Tech-USA-Corp

Tons of helpful information. 

     Kyle Adams, Safety Technician, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

I enjoyed having multiple experienced speakers. 

     Derek Bevis, Health & Safety Manager, Transportation Research Center, Inc.

This course is perfect for adult learners; practical, and very informative.

     Courtney Sforza, Safety Specialist, Anomatic Corporation

It is greatly informative and the language was that all could understand and comprehend.

     Tenille Holmes, Operations Training Specialist, The Coleman Company–Newell Brands

The live demos were awesome.

     Lara Ward, Loss Control Advisor, Oswald Companies

Learned so much for a “short course.”  I will truly be able to improve/protect our workforce with this info and tools.

     Nikki Lopez, Occupational RN, Bendix 

I enjoyed this course way more than conferences.

     Jamie Chu, Occupational Health & Safety Specialist, The Boeing Company

I learned so many aspects that I can apply at my job.

     Emily Cooper, Safety Coordinator, Honda of America Mfg.

This course is designed in such a way that you build each day on the basics and learn to master those skills to be successful at applying this knowledge to the assessment tools.

     Amanda Chapman, Project Engineer, Sandalwood Engineering & Ergonomics

This is the course we will send our ergo specialists to when building their skill level.

     David Wein, Sr Safety Manager-Corporate Safety, OshKosh Corporation

I really liked all the different assessment tools that were provided.

     Shawn Holt, Safety Specialist, Newell Rubbermaid

Helped me to understand a lot on how the body works and how you can hurt your body and possible ways to prevent injuries.

     Julie Lane, Safety Steering Committee, Sauder Woodworking

It was very obvious that the instructors love the subject and what they do. That by itself increased my learning.

     Teresa Taylor, H&S Rep, Allison Transmission

Very in-depth and informative with how ergo principles relate to each specific work area.

     Zach Phillippi, Industrial Engineer, TS Tech Americas

All presenters did a great job sharing their topic in a way that I could understand materials.

     Tasha Gindlesberger, EHS Specialist, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

This course gives you some resources to do risk analysis and how to make corrections. Gives us tools to add to our safety toolbox.

     Julie Houser, Safety & Sustainability Leader, Sauder Woodworking

I liked the course structure and enjoyed the off-site activities at COHAM.

     Mike Crook, Industrial Engineer, TS Tech Americas

I really liked getting the basics and being given the resource (books) to get more details.

     Nicole Fessler, Risk Manager, White Lodging Services Corp

Upcoming Short Courses

Registration is now open for the 2023 offerings of our ergonomics short course, Putting Ergonomics Into Practice.

Spring 2023 (remote)

May 1st - 5th and May 8th - 12th

Event has passed.

Autumn 2023 (in-person, at Ohio State)

October 10th - 13th

Across a 3-1/2 day period, attendees will learn from and interact with both our lecturers and other participants.  They will also tour the Spine Research Institute and become involved in hands-on workshops and other activities.

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