Detailed description of the Ergonomics Risk Auditors Course
The Ergonomics Risk Auditors Course (ERAC) is a qualification that will enable individuals to conduct basic Ergonomic surveys and assessments. This will entail imparting knowledge, skills and techniques that are required to do Ergonomic assessments in an industrial and office environment, along with the theory, the course includes Ergokinetic software that can be used to quantify the Ergonomics risks, see following pages for examples.
Learners who have successfully completed the course will be registered Ergonomic risk auditors with ERGOMAX HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD.
Ergokinetic software is included in the course costs.
The course comprises of 6 Ergonomics modules, taken over a period of at least 5 days.
Introduction to Ergonomics in Africa, reviews the current development of Ergonomics within the African Content with specific needs of the African Labour intensive market. Attendees will have a thorough understanding of fundamental principles of Ergonomics, applicability of Ergonomics to their industry, how Ergonomics can improve their productivity and reduce Ergonomic-related injuries.
The basic understanding of Anatomy and Anthropometry will be aquired. Learners will develop the knowledge and skills on how to take and interpret anthropometric measurements. The module also concentrates on conducting anthropometry surveys and how they relate to working environments.
Work Physiology. This module helps develop an understanding of the basic physiological principles and how they govern human performance in the context of the workplace. The musuclar structure and energy systems of the body and how they interact for the purposes of physical work during are explored. Other factors concerning the physiological work limitations of individuals will be studied to ascertain the implications for work space design, while at the same time setting down parameters for safe and efficient working environments.
Work-related Upper Limb Disorders South African Legislation. The module presents information concerning the Compensation legislation “Circular 180”. One may be more familiar with the terminology RSI or CTD’d. The module studies the aetiology of WRULDs as well as identifying classic examples of WRULDs, such as carpal tunnel syndrome etc. Employee factors and task interaction, and how these affect the incidence/occurrence of WRULDs will be considered as well as proactive Ergonomic intervention strategies.
Manual Materials Handling and Biomechanical Principles. This modules presents information concerning the fundamental laws of motion (e.g. Newton’s laws) and how they govern human movement in the context of the workplace. Learners will develop the skills necessary to understand basic biomechanical principles and the implications for workspace design. Basic manual materials handling concepts will be explored.
Office Environment. This workshop presents information about understanding and applying office Ergonomic principles to the office environment. Biomechanics of sitting, injuries due to poor design (WRULD’s e.g: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome). Dangers of static work postures. Learners will acquire the skill in setting up their own office environment Ergonomically.