Office Ergonomics

The one-day course, Ergonomics in the Trenches:  Office Ergonomics, focuses on the assessment of office workstations and communication with patients and employers regarding ergonomic considerations and recommendations.  Presenter, Janet Peterson, PT, DPT, and Ergonomic Consultant since 1998 will share her “in the trenches” tips with you.

Ergonomics in the Trenches:
Office Ergonomics

Presenter:  Janet Peterson, PT, DPT, Ergonomic Consultant

Please contact us if you are interested in hosting this course.

Contact Hours:  7
Who should attend?:  This course is appropriate for occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, and other healthcare professionals with all levels of experience.
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Course Description:
This is a practical course designed to add an ergonomics piece to your current clinical tools that you can use in the clinic or out in the workplace.

Some of the things that will be covered in the course include:

  • Ergonomic evaluations – How is this different from a “normal” physical/occupational therapy evaluation of a patient? What tools are out there for evaluating office ergonomics?  What can you do in the clinic?
  • Ergonomic equipment – How do you know what to recommend to patients/clients? Where do you go to find out? What should you “stock” in your clinic?
  • Communicating with employers – How might an “ergonomic” report to an employer be different from your clinical notes to a physician? What is your role as a therapist in asking for an on-site ergonomic evaluation?
  • The Bottom Line – How might ergonomics add to your clinic’s revenue? How feasible is it to go out to the workplace?  What credentials do you need for this?

Goals and Objectives:

  • Understand where ergonomics fits into the spectrum of patient/client care
  • Cite at least 3 research articles that support the claim that ergonomic intervention can reduce the incidence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders
  • Conduct an ergonomic assessment of an office workstation
  • Discuss the pros and cons of various pieces of ergonomic equipment
  • Refer to relevant resources for equipment and measurement tools

Course Schedule:
8 am- 12 pm including one 15 minute break

Part 1 – An overview of ergonomics including current trends in office/computer work and what the evidence indicates

Part 2  – How to conduct a basic office ergonomic evaluation

Lunch 12-1pm

1 pm-4:30 pm including one 15 minute break

Part 3 –  Equipment: What to recommend, what not to recommend

Part 4 –  Report-writing, Billing issues, Marketing, Resources

BIO: Ergonomic Instructor Janet Peterson, PT, DPT, Ergonomic Consultant

  Presenter:  Janet Peterson, PT, DPT, has had her own practice in ergonomic consulting since 1998 in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Peterson earned her master’s degree in physical therapy from Stanford University and her DPT from Temple University. She was honored as “Ergonomist of the Year” from the Puget Sound Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (PSHFES)… Continue reading BIO: Ergonomic Instructor Janet Peterson, PT, DPT, Ergonomic Consultant