PDC 104: Simple Ergonomic Tools to Identify Problem Jobs

Susan Kotowski, PhD, CPE Lead Instructor
University of Cincinnati, College of Allied Health Sciences
Cincinnati, OH 
United States of America
Ms. Sheree Gibson, P.E., CPE Instructor
Sheree L Gibson, CPE
Pensacola, FL 
United States of America
Sat, 5/30: 8:00 AM  - 5:00 PM 
Professional Development Course 
Georgia World Congress Center - Building B 
Room: B216 
CM Credit Hours:


This course was Top Rated in 2019!!!

Preliminary ergonomic assessment tools allow the user to: 1) identify problem jobs likely to contribute to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs); 2) prioritize resources; and 3) identify critical risk factors needed to select more detailed analysis tools (see PDC for Advanced Ergonomics Assessment Tools for the Practitioner). This PDC will focus on preliminary assessment tools in the Ergonomics Toolkit developed and maintained by the AIHA Ergonomics Committee. Topics include: a) performing an ergonomic assessment; b) description of each tool; c) application of a tool to a real world job; d) hands-on assessment exercises; and e) challenges in using the tools.

*Registration includes boxed luncheon.

**Please note: power strips will not be provided at each attendee's seat; however, charging stations for laptops will be provided in each course room.

Course Outline

• Introduction and Overview
• The Ergonomic Tool Kit
• Ergonomic Concepts and Assessment Techniques
• How to Choose an Assessment Tool
• Basic Ergonomic Assessment Tools
• Nontraditional Environments (e.g., Laboratories, Health Care)
• Hands-on Application of the Tools
• Wrap-up and Summary 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

• Complete a simple (preliminary) ergonomic risk factor assessment.
• Apply ergonomic assessment tools (i.e., checklist) to identify potential risk factors.
• Determine the nuances between the different assessment tools.
• Select the appropriate assessment tool(s) for different job assessments. 


Participants should have completed a basic ergonomics course and be familiar with risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders. 

Value Added

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common reason for absenteeism and workers' compensation losses. This course will teach simple assessment tools which can enable participants to identify which jobs or tasks are most likely to cause an MSD.  

Business Case/IH Value Statement

We will discuss the cost of MSDs and the often low cost of many simple solutions.  

Course Level


Learning Aids

Laptop or Tablet/iPad
Scientific Calculator

Learning Level(s)



Risk Assessment and Management

Transfer of Knowledge

Group activities
Hands-on demonstrations and practicum
Practice exercises