OSHA Office Ergonomics

This course is an overview of ergonomics best practices for office workers, covering the basic concepts of ergonomics, and ways to work smarter and safely.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to Office Ergonomics Training
  • Why Do We Need Ergonomics Training?
  • Basic Concepts of Ergonomics
  • Ergonomic Hazards for Office Workers
  • Ergonomics Can Make Your Workplace Better
  • Safety Standards
  • Safety Responsibilities
  • Ergonomic Solutions

Course Description

This course presents an overview of ergonomics best practices for office workers. It will cover the basic concepts of ergonomics, as well as ways to work smarter and more safely to reduce the possibility of injury from musculoskeletal disorders. It will also cover the causes of the most common injuries and discuss solutions based on the science of ergonomics to make you and your office safer. In addition, it presents case studies to emphasize the benefits of ergonomics training in the workplace and provides links to additional resources.

The OSHA Office Ergonomics Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

OSHA Office Ergonomics Course Outline

About This Course

Course Objectives

Introduction to Office Ergonomics Training

Why Do We Need Ergonomics Training?

Basic Concepts of Ergonomics

Ergonomic Hazards for Office Workers

  • Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Other MSDs of the Shoulders and Arms
  • “Texting Thumb” and “iPad® Neck”
  • Stages of MSDs
  • Symptoms of MSDs
  • Eyestrain-a Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Back Pain
  • Static Posture Problems

Ergonomics Can Make Your Workplace Better

  • Ergonomics Can Improve Employee Well-Being
  • Ergonomics Can Increase Productivity
  • Ergonomics Can Lower the Cost of Injury Claims

Safety Standards

  • OSHA
  • ANSI

Safety Responsibilities

  • Safety Responsibilities of Employers
  • Safety Responsibilities of Employees

Ergonomic Solutions

  • Workstation Adjustments-Chair Height
  • Workstation Adjustments-Chair Backrest
  • Workstation Adjustments-Chair Armrest
  • Workstation Adjustments-Monitor
  • Workstation Adjustments-Keyboard and Mouse
  • Workstation Adjustments-Work Copy and Reference Materials
  • Workstation Adjustments-Telephone
  • Workstation Adjustments-Surrounding Work Area
  • Using Laptop Computers
  • Alternative Workstation Arrangements-Dual Monitors
  • Alternative Workstation Arrangements-Standing Desks
  • Alternative Workstation Arrangements-Alternative Keyboards
  • Alternative Workstation Arrangements-Unconventional Chairs
  • New Considerations in the Workplace: Tablets and Cell Phones
  • Work Environment Self-Assessment
  • Administrative Improvements


Additional Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that repetitive motion injuries from activities like typing resulted in the longest absences from work in comparison to all other occupational injuries or illnesses. Therefore, it is in the best interest of a company to ensure that working conditions are healthy, safe, and comfortable for ALL their office employees.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

OSHA has not specified any time frame for required retraining or recertification for Office Ergonomics. Since there is no OSHA standard dealing with this specific hazard the OSH Act general duty clause, section 5(a)(1), 29 U.S.C. 654(b)(1) defines the standard which provides that:

(a) Each employer –

(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.

A recognized hazard is a danger recognized by the employer’s industry or industry in general, by the employer, or by common sense. The general duty clause does not apply if there is an OSHA standard dealing with the hazard, unless the employer knows that the standard does not adequately address the hazard.

What are the governing regulations?

OSHA Ergonomics: Enforcement states:

OSHA has developed industry specific guidelines to provide specific and helpful guidance for abatement to assist employees and employers in minimizing injuries.
Even if there are no guidelines specific to your industry, as an employer you still have an obligation under the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) to keep your workplace free from recognized serious hazards, including ergonomic hazards. OSHA will cite for ergonomic hazards under the General Duty Clause or issue ergonomic hazard letters where appropriate as part of its overall enforcement program.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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