Workplace Ergonomics

Workplace Ergonomics

This course helps participants gain a full understanding of workplace ergonomics. A definition of ergonomics is the design and arrangement of the things people use so that people and things interact most efficiently and safely. This course will explore how to design a workplace most suited to the people who work there.

Combining formal lectures and discussions, Workplace Ergonomics will give you the skills, confidence and qualifications to:

  • Describe the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2005 and the General Applications Regulations 2007 in relation to ergonomics.
  • Explain the anatomy of humans and the fact that the body is a mechanical system that obeys physical laws.
  • Demonstrate how workplace design and worker rotation will prevent injury to the workforce.
  • Analyse how fatigue can degrade performance.
  • Calculate the loads that are placed on an individual when they undertake a manual handling task.
  • Design for manual handling tasks.
  • Explain how repetitive tasks, if excessive, can place the muscles under excessive demands which can lead to pain and discomfort.
  • Discuss the effect that static work can have on individuals if they are required to remain still.
  • Present the findings of an ergonomic risk assessment in a report.


The course will be delivered over five days with 30 hours of lectures. Students will need to complete a written examination within a week of completion. They will also need to complete 70 hours of additional work and submit a relevant project within six weeks of the written examination.

On successful completion of a CPD Certificate course you get:

  • 5 ECTS credits
  • CPD Certificate in Workplace Ergonomics from TU Dublin
  • Add seven more courses to achieve a CPD Diploma in Safety Management at Work
  • Study in your own time – no time limits
  • Choose the subject matter you want to study

Courses can be run in-house (subject to availability)