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Office Ergonomics Training Course - FAQs

If you have any questions about the Alert First Aid Office Ergonomics Training course you should find it here. If you have a question that's not answered here, please give us a call at (250) 595-5323 or 1-866-282-5378 and we'll be happy to answer it for you immediately. 

What is ergonomics?

Ergonomics is concerned with the overuse and "wear and tear" on the human body likely to cause injuries. These injuries continue to be among the most costly work related injuries in industry today. Ergonomics measures and assesses human performance, ensuring the physical and bio-mechanical safety of workers and a means for improving work efficiency and productivity. Ergonomic design is about fitting the task to the worker

How do I know I need ergonomics training?

People at work complaining about sore hands, tendonitis, back injuries, sore muscles and so forth. These all indicate that the job demands are excessive because of risk factors such as, work postures, repetitive actions, long durations between work breaks, force levels too high and poor placement of tools such as keyboards and monitors.

Look out for employees wearing a splint or brace on their wrist, leaning forward or squinting to view a computer screen, putting cushions on work stools, or implementing makeshift modifications to equipment or tools.

What is a Musculoskeletal Disorder?

It is an injury or disorder of the musculoskeletal system i.e. muscles, tendons, and tendon sheathes, ligaments, bones, joints/spinal discs, bursa, nerves, and blood vessels. MSD's are also known as:

  • RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) 
  • RMI (Repetitive Motion Disorder) 
  • OOS (Occupational Overuse Syndrome) 
  • CTD (Cumulative Trauma Disorder) 
  • Sprains and Strains

How are they caused in the workplace?

Musculoskeletal disorders may be caused or aggravated by many, sometimes seemingly benign hazards in the workplace such as force, repetition, fixed or awkward body postures, vibration, contact stress or pressure, gripping, cold and hot temperatures, work organization and work methods.

What is the impact of poor ergonomic design on the business?

Those suffering from MSD's may be unable to perform their job tasks, lose time from work, and experience a temporary or permanent disability. This can cause overtime expense to cover absent or unproductive employees and an increase in Workers Compensation premiums or surcharges.

Where can I find the Ergonomics regulations that apply in my province?

These are provided for you to review in the Alert First Aid Office Ergonomics Course.

What training records must be kept for Ergonomics Training?

Employers are required to retain written records of employee education to ensure proof of compliance to the Regulations. The Alert First Aid Learning Management System provides a Certificate upon successful completion of our program and maintains records on our computer to prove due diligence.

How long will it take me to complete the Ergonomics training course?

Between 1-2 hours.

What do I do if I forget my password?

Give us a call or drop us a email.

Can I leave the course open in the background while I do other work?

Yes, no problem. 

What do I do if I run out of time? Do I have to complete in 1 session?

You can take the Ergonomics course in as many sessions, and as long as you like. The system will just time you out if there is no activity for a while, but you can just log in again and continue the course from where you left off.

What happens if I don't pass the final test?

You are allowed to repeat any or all sections of the course as many times as you need. You can take the final test up to 3 times to achieve the passing grade of 80%.

Once I have completed the course, do I get a certificate proving I have completed a Ergonomics training course?

Yes the administrator can print a training certificate once you pass the final test.

What happens if I fail, do I have to pay again?

Not at all. You are allowed to take the final test 3 times.

What if I lose my proof of training certificate or wallet card?

The training administrator can reprint the wallet card or Ergonomics training certificate for you.

How can I pay for the course?

You can pay online or give us a call we take Visa or Mastercard over the phone.