In the intermediate-level CEAS® II workshop, registrants practice using the REBA (Rapid Entire Body Assessment), RULA (Rapid Upper Limb Assessment) and Rodgers Muscle Fatigue Analysis. These tools are designed to evaluate individual task steps. You will learn the differences between and uses of these quantifiable evaluation tools; practical techniques for choosing cost effective solutions; and methods to compile concise client reports. Topics included are aging workforce issues specific to healthcare professionals, office markets and manual material handling job sites.


  • Analyze the multi-faceted impact of the aging workforce and ways to address these concerns that benefit ALL workers.
  • Apply the use of the ergonomics assessment tools - REBA (Rapid Entire Body Assessment), RULA (Rapid Upper Limb Assessment) and Rodgers Muscle Fatigue Analysis in performing ergonomics analysis on individual task steps.
  • Investigate the injury and rehabilitation process associated with a persistent injury.
  • Identify issues encountered by Material Handlers and manufacturing and warehouse workers.
  • Discuss how shift work and sleep deprivation issues affect and influence job performance.
  • Construct a "Job/Process/Task Hazard Analysis" project.
  • Compose options for an "ERGO Leader" program.

At the successful completion of the workshop you will be awarded your certification designating you as a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist® II (CEAS® II).  15 Contact Hours


This course is currently pre-approved for CEUs by the AOTA, BOC, CRCC and COPSKT. AOTA Classification Codes: Category 1: Domain of OT & Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.

This and many of our courses are currently or have in the past been pre-approved for continuing education credit by most state PT boards. Other specialities/professional disciplines should be able to submit for individual credit but it is important for you to contact your state licensing board or professional credentialing board for information regarding policies and the amount of continuing education credits allowed for online courses.


Participants must be present for all 15 hours of class work  which includes,  course participation and group work. This along with completion of 3 ergonomics assessment  reports are an essential part of successful course completion. Certification will be awarded after the completion, submission and review  of a final course evaluation,  a minimum  score of 90% correct on the post-test exam  and three  ergonomics assessment  reports. The  three reports  include completed copies of:  one REBA (Rapid Entire Body Assessment), one RULA (Rapid  Upper Limb Assessment) and one Rodgers Muscle Fatigue Analysis document.


Tuition: $585.00   14 Day Advanced Price: $530.00   Price for 3 or more participants (each): $470.00


Tuition is refundable less $50.00 if canceled 14 days before the workshop date. Tuition is not refundable under any circumstance, for registrations or cancellations after the 14 days has expired. However, you may have someone attend in your place or attend at another date. You may only change workshop dates or locations two times, then tuition will be forfeited. The Back School cannot be responsible for nonrefundable travel expenses, etc. should it become necessary to cancel a workshop.

Who Should Register

PTs, OTs, CHTs, RNs, PT Students, Certified Safety Professionals, Industrial Engineers, Risk Managers, Ergonomists, Human Resources Professionals, PTAs, OTAs, ATs, NPs, OT Students, Industrial Hygienists, Chiropractors, Claims Managers, Safety Committee Members, Office Furniture Sales and anyone wanting to learn how to decrease risk of onsite employee injury and increase employee productivity and satisfaction.


The Back School is always looking to present our world-class training in new locations. To find out the benefits and requirements of co-sponsoring one of our live workshops or to co-sponsor any of our Live Workshops, please click here for details.


"As an Ergonomic Consultant and Occupational Therapist, I found the information Ron provided to be an excellent addition to my current ergonomics skill level and consulting business service. This course provided me with a more advanced ability to be more objective and to provide quantifiable data for the businesses I work with.  Also I can now provide hard, objective, number-generated information when giving Worker's Compensation testimony.  Now I can let the "data to speak for itself" and not simply on my professional opinion as an Ergonomics Consultant.  I appreciated Ron Porter's efforts in sharing his knowledge and experience."

Al Gorrod, CEAS II, Ergonomics Consultant, Greensboro, North Carolina


"This was the best workshop I have ever been to!"

Christy Diddens, MS, ATC, McHenry, IL


Dates Location
Nov 14, 2019 - Nov 15, 2019 Lenox Health Greenwich Village
30 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10011

Ron Porter, Director, PT, CEAS III

Ron Porter, Director, PT, CEAS III

Ronald W. Porter is a nationally recognized expert in the field of Occupational Safety and Health, and Ergonomics.


In the past 38 years, since becoming Director of the Back School, he has instructed over 1000 workshops and seminars on Ergonomics Awareness and Musculoskeletal Disorder Prevention to physical and occupational therapists; medical doctors; chiropractors; occupational health nurses; industrial health and safety professionals; employee health and human resource professionals; and insurance claims managers.


Ron has worked with over 350 companies, including Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; US Foods; Mars Incorporated; E.I. Du Pont; DS Services; Shell Oil; International Paper; WestRock; A-dec Dental; Patterson Dental: Arizona Public Service Company; Association of California Water Agencies/Joint Powers Insurance Agency and the United States Navy; consulting on the development and implementation of innovative ergonomics programs for both individual plant sites and entire corporations.


He was chosen as the 2012 ASSE Ergonomics Practice Specialty Safety Professional of the Year, one of the 50 Most Influential People in Workers’ Compensation by the 2014 SEAK National Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference and received a 2016 President’s Award presented   by the ASSE.


His recent presentations include:

The 2007 - 2017 and 2019 American Society of Safety Professionals Professional Development Conferences • The 2018 & 2019 Applied Ergonomics Conference • March 2018 Webinar for the American Association of Hand Therapists • The 2016 Region IV ASSE Professional Development Conference • The 1995 – 2005 and 2011 American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Annual Conferences • The 2010 and 2018  National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition • SEAK Annual National Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conferences in 2005 – 2007 and 2013 •  March 2010 national webinar on the Aging Workforce for the ASSE Virtual Classroom.


His Bachelor of Science degree is from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and his Graduate Degree in Physical Therapy from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, American Society of Safety Professionals, the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.


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Introduction, course PRE-TEST and review of Ergonomic Principles

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Ensure that the learner understands basic ergonomic concepts

Lecture, handouts, class participation, spot quiz

Introduction to the "Persistent" Injury

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Review the association between ergonomics risk factors and musculoskeletal disorders

Lecture, handouts, class participation, discussion

Understanding Issues for the Aging Workforce

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Learning to appreciate the issues of the aging workforce (Part 1)

Lecture, handouts, class participation, discussion


10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Understanding Issues for the Aging Workforce

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Learning to appreciate the issues of the aging workforce (Part 2)

Lecture, handouts, class participation


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Job versus Task Assessment- RULA

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Breaking jobs down to SPECIFIC Tasks and evaluating for ROOT CAUSE of Injury

Lecture, handouts, class participation discussion- job videotape-RULA (Rapid Upper Limb Assessment Tool)

Anatomy and Physiology instruction pertaining to healthy & injured tissue

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Learner to understand the injury & rehabilitation process in relation to the Nutrient Pathway - Fatigue as an Issue

Lecture, handouts, class participation discussion- job videotape


3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Primary Risk Factors - Rogers Fatigue Analysis

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Expand knowledge base and issues of the Primary Risk Factors- Repetition, Force, Posture, Contact/Impact Stress, Vibration

Lecture, video tape analysis, group project participation/discussion

Wrap-Up/Review of Day 1

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Ensure Learner has acquired the body of knowledge offered and no questions are unanswered

Discussion and class participation



Guidelines for Hand Tool Selection

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Review ergonomics design principles of hand tools

Lecture, handouts, discussion

Additional Evaluation Tools - REBA, etc.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Expose learner to resources for identifying evaluation tools

Handout, Discussion, class participation, videotape analysis


10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Healthcare Ergonomics

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Critical thinking in choosing ergonomics equipment for healthcare environment

Lecture, handouts, discussion

Office Ergonomics

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Expand knowledge base for office ergonomics assessment and risk reduction products/options

Lecture, discussion, videotape review, 
Product review


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Manual Material Handling

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Job Rotation Schedule Review

Lecture, discussion, videotape review, class participation

Job/Process Hazard Analysis Worksheet

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Be able to analysis multi-task jobs for risks and recommend corrective action

Lecture, demonstration, Video tape, group project participation


3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Business Perspective for Ergonomics & Ergo Leader Program

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Learn the benefits and understanding of the role of an ERGO Leader in contracted companies.

Discussion, handouts, class participation


4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Provide resource data and vendor information.  Review concepts and answer questions regarding topics that were unclear.

Post-test review & class discussion, Handouts, 
Q & A