ergo_sylabus 2010

ergo_sylabus 2010 - OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY College of...

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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY College of Engineering and College of Health and Human Performance Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Department of Public Health Tony Brace [email protected] , Ergonomist Phone (503) 589-9728 Anthony Veltri (308 Waldo) [email protected] 541. 737.3831 I. COURSE TITLE: IE 492/592 and H 494/594 Applied Ergonomics II. COURSE DESCRIPTION: Study of the dimensions of occupational ergonomics intended to reduce worker-hardware-environmental mismatch problems that affect the efficiency of worker performance and task/process productivity. Explore methods to reduce waste, increase efficiency, increase productivity and reduce injury risks. III. COURSE JUSTIFICATION: Industries increasingly require higher production rates and advances in technology to remain competitive. As a result, jobs can involve: frequent lifting, carrying, and pushing or pulling loads without help from other workers or devices; increasingly specialization that requires the worker to perform only one function or movement for a long period of time or day after day; working more that 8 hours a day; working at a quicker pace of work, such as faster assembly line speeds; and having tighter grips when using tools. These factors-especially if coupled with poor machine design, tool and workplace design or use of improper tools- create physical stresses on workers’ bodies, which can lead to worker injury, enterprise financial loss and reduced enterprise competitiveness. III. INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of the course, undergraduate and graduate level students will be able to: 1. Explain the purpose, strategy and structure of an occupational ergonomics program within any enterprise. 2. Discuss regulatory standards and industry consensus standards related to Ergonomics management 3. Suggest design strategies for tools and tasks to increase efficiency and counteract potential musculoskeletal disorders.
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