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Biannual Ergonomics Short Course

Our popular short course, Putting Ergonomics into Practice, is a 3-1/2 day training course at SRI-Ergonomics facilities on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus.

This course integrates lectures, case studies, hands-on demonstrations, and workshops to teach attendees how they can reduce injuries and improve productivity, safety, and employee satisfaction through ergonomics.

The course is typically offered in the Spring (May) and the Autumn (September - October) time frames, with limited enrollment to ensure full class participation.  It also offers CEU credits.

Where our attendees have traveled from to attend our short coursesOver the past decade, this short course has been attended by over 700 professionals who have a wide variety of job responsibilities, including: 

  • Safety & health professionals
  • Engineers
  • Risk & loss control managers
  • Workers' compensation coordinators
  • Healthcare workers
  • Managers & supervisors
  • Union representatives
  • HR personnel


Typical topics covered include:
  • Workplace biomechanics
  • Understanding body size and individual differences in the workplace
  • Structure of the back, hand/wrist, shoulder, and neck, and how these joints are impacted by cumulative trauma
  • The use of several state-of-the-art ergonomics assessment tools
  • How psychosocial and work organization factors impact employee health
  • How to set up and maintain an effective ergonomics process
  • Overcoming the resistance to change due to ergonomics improvements


Contact Dr. Gary Allread, SRI-Ergonomics Program Director, to Learn More:
Some comments from past attendees:

Learned so much for a “short course.”  I will truly be able to improve/protect our workforce with this info and tools.

Nikki Lopez, Occupational RN, Bendix

I enjoyed this course way more than conferences.

Jamie Chu, Occupational Health & Safety Specialist, The Boeing Company

I learned so many aspects that I can apply at my job.


Emily Cooper, Safety Coordinator, Honda of America Mfg.

This course is designed in such a way that you build each day on the basics and learn to master those skills to be successful at applying this knowledge to the assessment tools.

Amanda Chapman, Project Engineer, Sandalwood Engineering & Ergonomics

This is the course we will send our ergo specialists to when building their skill level.

David Wein, Sr Safety Manager-Corporate Safety, OshKosh Corporation

I really liked all the different assessment tools that were provided.

Shawn Holt, Safety Specialist, Newell Rubbermaid

Helped me to understand a lot on how the body works and how you can hurt your body and possible ways to prevent injuries.

Julie Lane, Safety Steering Committee, Sauder Woodworking

It was very obvious that the instructors love the subject and what they do. That by itself increased my learning.

Teresa Taylor, H&S Rep, Allison Transmission

Very in-depth and informative with how ergo principles relate to each specific work area.

Zach Phillippi, Industrial Engineer, TS Tech Americas

All presenters did a great job sharing their topic in a way that I could understand materials.

Tasha Gindlesberger, EHS Specialist, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

This course gives you some resources to do risk analysis and how to make corrections. Gives us tools to add to our safety toolbox.

Julie Houser, Safety & Sustainability Leader, Sauder Woodworking

I liked the course structure and enjoyed the off-site activities at COHAM.

Mike Crook, Industrial Engineer, TS Tech Americas

I really liked getting the basics and being given the resource (books) to get more details.

Nicole Fessler, Risk Manager, White Lodging Services Corp