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Ergonomics Training, Job Analysis and Follow-Up Activities for Small and Medium Sized Michigan Companies


Musculoskeletal disorders such as low back injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and other diseases are a major cause of disability and workers’ compensation throughout the United States. In 2009, musculoskeletal disorders accounted for 28% of the injuries and illnesses with days away from work. Musculoskeletal disorders are the leading reason for days away from work.
The objective of this project is to provide employers and workers with information and procedures necessary to identify and control the conspicuous ergonomic workplace risk factors of musculoskeletal disorders.
Grant personnel will provide:

  1. guidance for safety and ergonomic program development,
  2. customized on-site introductory ergonomics training seminars that will provide introductory ergonomics information and workplace examples to illustrate ergonomic risk factors and job design principles,
  3. ergonomics technical assistance and case study reports,
  4. documentation of workplace changes and development of ergonomics programs and/or safety and health management programs; and
  5. scholarships to attend an open enrollment introductory ergonomics course.

These proposed activities provide an excellent opportunity for Michigan companies to initiate or expand their ergonomics activities. Small and medium sized firms rely on external resources to assist them with ergonomics training, program design and job analysis. Past ergonomics CET grant activities conducted by The University of Michigan Center for Ergonomics have been in high demand because of the high quality training and service that is provided by the project staff. This has resulted in a waiting list for companies wanting to participate.

Contact Information

Sheryl Ulin

Center for Ergonomics
1205 Beal – IOE Bldg
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2117

Phone: (734) 763-0133
E-mail: Sheryl.Ulin@umich.edu

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Program End Date

September 30, 2016

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Industrial & Operations Engineering

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Program Available to these Cities

Ann Arbor

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