8AM-5PM DAY 1 & 2, 8AM-12PM DAY 3

EXPERIENCE HANDS-ON ERGONOMICS TRAINING IN REAL-LIFE WORK ENVIRONMENTS!

Usually offered only once per year, here is your chance to experience the practical aspects of hands-on introductory-level ergonomics job site assessment training. Earn your CEAS™ Certification through a hands-on approach in a dynamic, collaborative environment that combines classroom learning with hands-on, operational onsite job location practice.

Over the course of 2-1/2 days, we will visit a combination of industrial, manufacturing, service, and office environments to experience the practical hands-on aspects of ergonomics jobsite assessment. Learn how to identify potential hazards, recommend cost effective jobsite modifications and hazard prevention controls, compile OSHA-compliant reports, and educate management on the cost benefits of an ergonomically sound workplace.

At the completion of this course and submission of your two written ergonomics jobsite assessment reports, you will be designated as a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist™ (CEAS™ I) and receive 1.8 CEUs/18 contact hours.

*CEUs:

This course is currently pre-approved for CEUs by the AOTA, BOC. 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.

COURSE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

Participants must be present for all 18 hours of class work  which includes,  course participation and group work. This along with completion of two ergonomics assessment  reports are an essential part of successful course completion. Certification will be earned after the completion, submission and review  of a final course evaluation  and two ergonomics assessment  reports (one office and one industrial ergonomics evaluation) using either the W-1 or D-2  OSHA  ergonomics evaluation tools.

Pricing

Tuition: $810.00   14 Day Advanced Price: $725.00

POLICIES

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.

CO-SPONSORSHIP

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.

Dates/Location

Dates Location
 
Apr 1, 2020 - Apr 3, 2020 First Coast Technical College
2980 Collins Ave - Bldg D, Rm 101
St. Augustine, FL 32084

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.

 


Matt Jeffs, PT, DPT, CEAS II

Matt Jeffs, PT, DPT, CEAS II
Overview – The ‘Why’

My varied background has informed and inspired me to be an agent of positive change. When confronted with outmoded delivery models which deliver – at best – inefficiency and ineffectiveness, I’m drawn to employ my creative potential and strive to deliver more. Part of this is out of a sense of social justice and compassion for our common humanity. Part is also to serve as the change I wish to see in the world. Every day is another opportunity to leave an enduring legacy. One that positively inspires those who follow us. My goal is to spend my remaining days here on earth doing just that.

Summary – The ‘How’

My combination of seasoned skill in public speaking, broadcasting and leadership with award-winning clinical excellence in sports, orthopedics and industrial medicine has been the foundation of my career success. This skill-set allows me to provide positive, verifiable work-injury reduction and risk mitigation from corporate clientele to clinical providers. It’s accomplished by serving business-to-business, business-to-provider and business-to-consumer formats.

In my leadership role with the First Coast Manufacturers Association as its Workforce Education Director, I served as Consultant to the FCMA Board of Directors. Here, I provided this powerful industrial trade consortium of some 300 manufacturers and North Florida companies with sound advice in workforce optimization and cost containment strategies.

Armed with two professional clinical degrees in physical therapy and licensed in two states (FL and NC) with over 25 years of clinical and management experience, I have directly overseen the successful rehabilitation of >23,000 individuals in the clinical setting. As a Lean Practitioner equipped with over 12,000 hours of direct onsite experience serving clients in corporate and industrial settings, I apply continuous improvement methodology to all onsite projects and processes.

Corporate leaders and academic colleagues seek me out for sound advisement and reliable solutions to the evolving patterns of a fluid, dynamic workplace. As such, I am regularly sought to address colleges, universities, professional associations, trade groups and executive summits to convey my philosophy and applications for successful injury prevention, cost-reduction and workforce performance improvement.

Principal Faculty at The Back School – The ‘What’

Serving as Principal Faculty at The Back School (TBS), I draw directly on the FCMA Workforce Education Director role mentioned above. In that past role, I worked with local colleges and universities to better prepare student skill sets for high paying advanced manufacturing careers. Presently, I arrange for TBS Ergonomics Course attendees to gain hands-on assessment experience at technical colleges in the Southeast. We no longer simply lecture. We now immerse our students.

At FCMA, my tasks included directing  their Workforce Development Committee, which focused Human  Resources Managers on common issues facing manufacturers. In this past role, I developed top onboarding, workforce education and training programs for FCMA member companies. FCMA's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) - such as its Plant Manager Executive SIG - also fell under my Workforce Development Committee duties. This experience gives me ease when addressing senior leadership in corporate clientele on behalf of The Back School as its Principal Faculty.

At FCMA, I also directed the Environmental Health & Safety Committee, a preemptive group charged with identifying harmful issues impacting manufacturers and their surrounding communities. The EH&S Committee emphasized legislative and regulatory issues by forming partnerships with regulators and environmental organizations. In this role, I coordinated relevant workshops and seminars on various issues relating to  EH&S.  Routinely, I arranged  subject matter expert presenters selected from within the association's membership. This practical experience allows me conversant roles with a variety of technical professionals on behalf of The Back School.

Lastly, I oversaw FCMA’s Professional Progress curriculum, a premier 8-month leadership training program I conducted to provide instruction, interaction and discussion skills necessary for leadership success in tomorrow’s advanced manufacturing workplace. As Principal Faculty at The Back School, I’m tasked with bringing together leadership personnel from all age groups and industries to cultivate common ground and expedite mutually beneficial, value-added projects.

Onsite Health & Safety Specialist

Both workplace safety factors and workforce health influences jointly contribute to many problems confronting today’s business and industry. Until recently, these two areas were often fragmented and isolated. Safety was handled in the EHS silo, while employee health remained in the HR silo. Prevailing science now supports combining these efforts through initiatives that integrate safety protection and health promotion. Inefficiencies are truncated while benefits compound.

In this sphere of influence, my company Ability On-Demand has been field-tested. Employee participants report positive experiences with better communication and mutual understanding with management. Employers report better workforce relations, improved performance in key indicators, and a shared sense of commitment in corporate culture.

The benefits of a committed willingness to listen to perspectives of front line staff, provide our corporate clientele valuable feedback and workable solutions to operational challenges. Working together to address feasible root cause measures yields compounding dividends. It’s a 21st century business model that's also a great business to be in.

Keynote Speaker & Onsite Therapy Services Consultant

As an onsite industrial Doctor of Physical Therapy with clients throughout the Southeastern US, I provide verifiable, sustainable ROI in direct and indirect healthcare savings to international firms and clinical providers.

This is accomplished through workforce education initiatives, ergonomic analyses, job demand analyses, defined job demand descriptions, legally-defensible job demand capacity evaluations, pre-work screenings, fit-for-work screenings, transitional rapid return-to-work strategies, early intervention onsite first-aid screenings, onsite physical therapy evaluation / treatment, and plant-wide communications in public speaking, audio and video formats.

Meta-Physical Therapy TaijiFit Instructor

As a safety management advisor for national and international firms, I also serve as a Tai Chi Fitness Instructor in multiple settings. From hospital-owned fitness centers to modern industrial workplaces, I apply what I named ‘Meta-Physical Therapy’ to students, faculty and professionals alike. Mind-Body Awareness creates a safer, healthier and more productive work environment in every setting. Applying myself to this important transition is my life’s work, and I hope offering insight on how to make the corporate mind and body work together - for the most people possible - is a goal worthy of us all.

Conclusion – Again, The ‘Why’

As a ‘medical multiculturalist’, I’ve had the pleasure to work closely with the most forward-thinking colleagues who happen to have the following initials after their names: MD; PA; NP; RN; LPN; DPT; LPTA; OTD; OTR, COTA; PhD; SPHR; CSP; DC and many, many more. Every one of these individuals has taught me something. As someone who crosses lines easily into worlds other than my own, I will continue to strive to leave a legacy of excellence through continuous improvement. The positive change I help create is something I’m confident will outlast me. That, is my simple mission.


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DAY 1

CONTENT TIME OBJECTIVE METHOD

Introduction/Ergonomics and the Power Zone

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Definition of ergonomics and ergonomist, introduction to the Workplace Athlete, understanding your Power Zone for sitting and standing & benefits of ergonomics

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion

OSHA Standards/Guidelines & Government Research

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Explain current OSHA standards/guidelines and NIOSH research pertaining to ergonomics and injury prevention

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion

BREAK

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM


“Ergonomics Eyes” – Using OSHA Survey Tools to Identify Risk Factors for MSDs

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Explain and practice use of OSHA survey tool, W-1: Basic Screening Tool for identifying risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders in industrial and manufacturing job sites

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion and Videotapes, Participation in Groups

LUNCH

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Risk Factor Solutions: - Options for Risk Factor Modification or Control

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Explain techniques for risk factor modification or control using, administrative, engineering, personal protective equipment (PPE) or work practices solutions

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion

Practical Application: -Visit Industrial/Manufacturing work areas for practice of Job-site and Task Analysis.

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Practice ergonomics assessment skills and use of OSHA survey tool, W-1: Basic Screening Tool for identifying risk factors for industrial and manufacturing job sites.

Participation in Groups as we visit selected industrial and manufacturing work areas

BREAK

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM


Practical Application: -Visit Industrial/Manufacturing work areas for practice of Job-site and Task Analysis.

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Practice ergonomics assessment skills and use of OSHA survey tool, W-1: Basic Screening Tool for identifying risk factors for industrial and manufacturing job sites.

Participation in Groups as we visit selected industrial and manufacturing work areas

Day One Wrap-up

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Review Industrial/Healthcare/Manufacturing work area assessments.

Discussion

DAY 2

CONTENT TIME OBJECTIVE METHOD

“Ergonomics Eyes” Office Ergonomics – Using OSHA Survey Tools to Identify Risk Factors for MSDs

8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Explain and practice use of OSHA survey tool Appendix D-2:VDT Workstation Checklist for identifying risk factors for office and video display terminal workstations

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion and Videotapes, Participation in Groups

BREAK

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM


Office Ergonomics - Applying ergonomics to the office environment

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

00Identify and practice skills in office ergonomics assessment and modification including, pros and cons for a variety of different improvements/modifications to the office environment, product option review and a step-by-step process for performing an ergonomics office assessment

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion, Product Review

LUNCH

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Practical Application: -Visit office work areas for practice of Job-site and Task Analysis.

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Practice ergonomics assessment skills and use of OSHA survey tool, Appendix D-2: VDT Workstation Checklist for identifying risk factors for office and video display terminal workstations

Participation in Groups as we visit selected office and video display terminal work areas

BREAK

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM


Practical Application: -Visit office work areas for practice of Job-site and Task Analysis.

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Practice ergonomics assessment skills and use of OSHA survey tool, Appendix D-2: VDT Workstation Checklist for identifying risk factors for office and video display terminal workstations

Participation in Groups as we visit selected office and video display terminal work areas

The Onsite Health & Safety Specialist

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Explain concepts for integrating safety protectionwith health promotion in the workplace

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion

Day Two Wrap-up

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Review VDT/Office/Computer Workstation work area assessments.

Discussion

DAY 3

CONTENT TIME OBJECTIVE METHOD

Review of Anatomical Areas Susceptible to Injury- OSHA research and review of ergonomics risk factors and possible options for risk reduction and control for the lower back, neck, upper extremity, including carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and lower extremity

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Identify the anatomical areas susceptible to injury and the causes, signs and symptoms of MSDs of the spine, upper and lower extremities and an overview of ideas for solutions/opportunities of improvement. Review the OSHA research to validate ergonomics assessment forms W-1: Basic Screening Tool & Appendix D-2:VDT Workstation Checklist

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion

Additional Risk Factor Assessment Tools- WISHA & NIOSH Lifting Equation -Overview and practice using additional ergonomics assessment tools.

8:30 AM –9:15 AM

Demonstrate and practice using other OSHA/WISHA & NIOSH risk factor assessment tools

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion, Participation in Groups

Hazard Reduction and Control Measures – Where to find assistance with solutions

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Identify and review resource options for engineering/product solutions to reduce or control MSD risk factors

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion

Compiling Ergonomics Assessment Reports for Clients

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Explain the correct elements of a legally defensible ergonomics reports for clients

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion

BREAK

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM


Marketing of Ergonomics Services-Return on Investment

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Explain fees and how to calculate ROI and market ergonomics services to management and outside clients

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion

Bibliography and Review

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Provide references for course material and development of additional ergonomics skills. Submit evaluation of workshop.

Written Evaluation of Workshop, Discussion