Ergonomics Systems Specialist (ESS) Certification

Now eligible for the new Canada Job Grant!


This 5-day ergonomics certification training course provides you with tools necessary to implement an effective ergonomics program into your organization.  Successful participants receive the ESS designation.

Learn how to incorporate ergonomics programming from a systems perspective, integrating with existing safety, risk, and other business management systems.

This ergonomics course will also emphasize practical applications for field, industrial and office environments.

Applicable in industries such as municipalities and government service sectors, construction, oil and gas, transportation, health care, pulp and paper, emergency services, engineering, food processing, manufacturing and more.

What will I learn?

Click here for the ESS Course Syllabus.

How to Sell Ergonomics and Achieve Buy In

  • Dispelling myths regarding the cost of ergonomics! 
  • Identifying the true cost of injuries
  • Maximizing employee input
  • Validating findings and selling the message

How to Identify Physical and Organizational Hazards, including

  • A review of lagging indicators including injury indices, incident reports, safety hazard assessments, physical demands analyses, and other relevant H&S data
  • Encouraging and collecting worker input
  • Proactive identification of musculoskeletal hazards
  • Review of organizational hazards (work organization, psychosocial factors, etc.)

How to Assess Risk

  • Detailed step by step breakdown of the workSMART MSD Risk Reduction Process
  • Scientifically backed task analysis methods, including how to assess the level of risk attached to
    • excessive force
    • awkward and static postures
    • high repetition rates
    • contact stress
    • whole body vibration
    • hand-arm vibration
    • environmental factors

Implementing Risk Control Strategies

  • How to implement quick turn around solutions and avoid "analysis paralysis"
  • Identification of priorities for ergonomics intervention
  • Detailed step by step breakdown on how to evaluate controls based on workSMART's control hierarchy and cost-benefit matrix
  • Review of specific control strategies associated with
    • Manual material handling tasks
    • Driving and equipment operation tasks
    • Standing tasks
    • Seated tasks
    • Tool and equipment design
    • Workspace design
    • Office tasks and furnishings
    • Testing and evaluation of controls

Program Measurement and Continuous Improvement

  • Review of possible threats to success
  • How to measure immediate, intermediate, and long term impacts
  • How to build on success and expand
  • How to manage newly acquired knowledge

Continuing Credits Available

ORGANIZATION CREDITS APPROVED
BCRSP- Board for the Certification of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals 2.5 CMPs
AOHNA- Alberta Occupational Health Nurses Association 32.5 credits
COHNA- Canadian Occupational Health Nurses Association COHNA Endorsed
AKA- Alberta Kinesiology Association 32.5 PDP credits
CKA- Canadian Kinesiology Alliance for Saskatchewan Kinesiologists 32.5 credits
CAOT- Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists CAOT Endorsed
CRBOH- Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists 5.0 Points
BCAK- BC Association of Kinesiologists 35 credits
VRA- Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (formerly CARP) 32.5 hours
ABIH - American Board of Industrial Hygiene
ABIH has previously awarded CM credit for this event. The current event contains 32.5 hours which can be claimed for CM credit. 

Check the course schedule or contact us at 1-888-918-9440 or info@worksmart.ca for more information or to book this workshop.

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