University of Massachusetts Lowell
Ergonomics Awareness Training for Construction Workers (Outline of a 2-hr Master Ergonomic Training Curriculum)
A 2-hour workshop in identifying and solving ergonomic problems on construction sites for workers and supervisors
Developed jointly by the Construction Occupational Health Project (COHP) at University of Mass. Lowell, the Mass. Building Trades Council, AFL-CIO and IUOE Local 4
By the conclusion of this workshop, the participants will have:
What are your questions about the workshop?
Activity 1 Review of program and objectives
Definition of ergonomics:
Activity 2 Introductions and needs assessment: What is ergonomics?
In small groups, introduce yourselves to each other and discuss:
What do you know
We will then post the cards and discuss your ideas.
What do you see?
Before Activity 3 begins, go around the room and each introduce ourselves.
Activity 3 Ergonomic injuries: Where does your job hurt you?
In small groups, discuss:
Where do construction workers' bodies hurt?
After a few minutes' discussion, one person from each group go up the BODY MAP posted on the wall and mark the places that hurt that your group has discussed.
When all groups are finished placing their dots:
What do we see?
These injuries are
called by various names.
Make a list of the injuries on flipchart.
Activity 4 RISK FACTORS: What makes it hurt?
A. Name the problems. In small groups, discuss:
What things do construction workers do that cause these injuries?
Write each problem on a card. PLEASE WRITE IN LARGE LETTERS.
B. The language of
ergonomics. Scientists call the things that cause injuries "Risk
What are some Risk Factors for other diseases?
Posted on the wall are the Risk Factors that cause these ergonomic injuries:
What are some examples of these Risk Factors for construction workers?
C. Blending our language
with the science of ergonomics. Place the cards with your answers to the
What do we see?
What are your questions?
Activity 5 JOB ANALYSIS AND REDESIGN: Connecting complaints and risk factors; fixing the problems
A. Ergonomic Job Analysis (EJA) : making a "Risk Map"
Break into small groups and spread around the room. Each group should have a sheet of newsprint and a couple of magic markers.
STEP 1: Draw a
typical construction job or task. Include people, machinery, tools, materials
and anything else you like.
B. Report-back on EJAs
Each group, select a presenter to describe your EJA to the large group.
C. Discuss in a large group:
What needs to happen to make these changes happen?
Activity 6 EVALUATION: WHAT DO YOU THINK?
What did you like
about this workshop?
Checklist of needed supplies