WORKSHOPS by Ergo Solve

Office ergonomics –

Bridging the gap between occupational therapy and ergonomics

Toronto, Ontario

Friday, December 7, 2018 and Friday, December 8, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

The two-day workshop will provide experienced occupational therapists with a systematic overview of ergonomic approaches, methods and techniques used to conduct a risk assessment and identify, analyze, evaluate, treat and document risks in office settings. A variety of office ergonomic challenges, from “simple” to “complicated” to “complex”, will be covered. Videos, demonstrations and case studies will be utilized to assist participants in incorporating ergonomic best practices into their clinical setting.

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Categorize office ergonomic challenges as “simple”, “complicated” or “complex” and accordingly identify best practices to eliminate-reduce each type of challenge.
  2. Use risk management tools and techniques to identify musculoskeletal injury (MSI) signs and symptoms, risk factors and methods to eliminate-reduce risk factors.
  3. Understand the system and processes of “risk assessment”.
  4. Find, recognize and describe risk criteria.
  5. Understand the nature, sources, causes, impacts and consequences of risk. Examine current controls/treatments from the perspective of the “hierarchy of controls”. Estimate level of risk.
  6. Determine whether risk is acceptable or tolerable.
  7. Review “Ergonomic Requirements” from “Occupational Health and Safety Guidelines”.
  8. Determine how, what, who, where and when to “work sample” for an office assessment.
  9. Demonstrate the use of surface electromyography to measure muscle activity.
  10. Demonstrate the use of electro goniometry to measure the extent and proportion of awkward postures.
  11. Demonstrate the use of human digital imaging to identify potential risks within a virtual office.
  12. Review limitations of approaches, methods and techniques currently used by occupational therapists to measure exposure (e.g. manual goniometer to measure range of motion and “observations” to estimate static loading and the effectiveness of so called “microbreaks”).
  13. Conduct postural analyses of work videos and identify awkward thumb, finger and wrist postures that are commonly overlooked.
  14. Review the anatomical structures (muscles, tendons, nerves and soft tissues) involved in various MSIs.
  15. Identify a structure for report writing or documenting the identification, analysis and evaluation of risk.
  16. Understand the postures afforded by the physical design features of computer mice and other commonly prescribed workstation components.
  17. Substantiate the above in light of available medical-scientific literature.

Workshop topics

Day 1

  • Complexity of office ergonomic challenges – A systematic approach
  • Risk assessment – Definition of terms
  • Risk assessment – An overview
  • Risk identification
  • Involved anatomical structures and risk identification
  • Risk analysis.
  • Risk evaluation.
  • Risk treatment – Hierarchy of controls
  • Regulatory framework – OHS guidelines: Ergonomic requirements
  • Office work sampling – The who, what, where, when and how

Day 2

  • Occupational therapy assessment approaches, methods and techniques and their limitations
  • “State of the art” ergonomic approaches, methods and techniques
  • Surface electromyography – Measuring muscle activity
  • Electrogoniometry – Measuring extent and proportion of range of motion
  • Human digital imaging – Identify potential risk in a virtual office environment
  • Triangulation (cross verification) of assessment findings
  • Vertical computer mice – Awkward postures afforded by design features
  • Report structure – Auditing the risk assessment processes

Target audience

Occupational therapists with at least 5 years of experience in ergonomics who wish to improve their ability to incorporate ergonomic best practices in the workplace.

Areas of practice

Musculoskeletal, vocational rehabilitation, medical/legal, client service management, researchers, educators

Workshop level

Advanced (More than 5 years of experience in ergonomics)


Eddie Everett, OT

Eddie is an occupational therapist from British Columbia with over 30 years of experience who has completed a Masters of Science and Technology in Ergonomics; Graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy; Bachelor of Science Degree; and Certification in Assessment of Motor and Process Skills. In addition to his occupational therapy professional affiliations, he is also a member of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists. He has been an ergonomic consultant for Ergo Solve for the past 10 years and, prior to that, he has worked at Workers Compensation Board of British Columbia (WorkSafeBC) as a functional evaluator; vocational rehabilitation consultant; clinical specialist occupational therapist in special care services for catastrophically injured workers; “permanent functional impairment” clinician; and occupational therapist in the medical rehabilitation program. He has also worked with people with chronic and serious mental illness in hospital and community settings; lectured and prepared course content for the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia; and submitted expert oral and written testimony on occupational risk factors to WorkSafeBC Review Board and Workers Compensation Appeals Tribunal (WCAT).

If you would like to have a workshop within your region of Canada, please let Eddie know by contacting him on 604-612-3650; or Email: Send an email to Eddie

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