Ergonomics – Buxton, 11-15 April 2016


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HSL is to run a 5 day course on Ergonomics.

11 – 15 April 2016



A human spineEvery year, 35 million days are lost to British
industry as a result of accidents and ill health caused by work
activities. A large number of these accidents are due to a lack of
thought and planning concerning the use of our everyday

The course provides the ergonomics theory and techniques used to
maximize the design of the tools, tasks and workplaces for improved
comfort, safety and performance of the workforce.   The
techniques cover both the physical and psychosocial aspects of a
workplace design, following relevant HSE guidance and approaches to
assess and reduce risks.

What will the course cover?

  • Ergonomics principles, methods and techniques

  • Human Beings – physical and psychological factors

  • Applied Anthropometry

  • Workplace Design and DSE

  • Manual Handling risks, assessments and controls

  • Upper Limb Disorders – risks, assessments and controls

  • Stress Management

  • Influencing behaviour

  • User investigation methods, such as interviews, questionnaires
    and focus groups

  • Task Analysis

  • Controls and Displays

  • Environmental Factors – Lighting, Floors and footwear,

Who should attend?

The course is suited to all who have an interest in workplace
ergonomics and wish to understand more about possible interventions
that could be made to assess and improve worker comfort, safety and
performance. No previous ergonomics or MSD experience is

Who will present?

Matthew Birtles – Matt has been a practising
ergonomist for 13 years. His work at HSL has spanned various
industries and topics, such as welding and foundry work, fairground
ride safety and other leisure industry projects, food production,
railway and train cabin design, furniture manufacturing,
construction health and safety and ergonomics in health care. He
also co-authored and presents, material on MSD training for HSE
inspectors, and manual handing and the material for this Ergonomics
course for the public. Matt has particular interest in the
prevention of musculoskeletal injury and the design of fit for
purpose ergonomic solutions to workplace problems.

Liz Brueck is a physicist with considerable
experience in noise measurement and instrumentation, and hearing
protection (including level dependent protectors). She represents
HSE on the standard committees for electroacoustic equipment and
hearing protectors, and represents the UK on the ISO working group
for the acoustic testing of hearing protectors.

Victoria Bennett is a psychologist
with experience conducting literature reviews in behavioural change
and worker engagement, as well as developing and testing a toolkit
looking to provide construction SME’s with the tools and techniques
necessary to improve their health, safety and business performance.
Victoria has also developed and delivered a comprehensive training
course on behavioural change, and developed two further training
courses on work-related violence and wellbeing.

Jane Hopkinson is a psychologist
working in HSL’s Social and Organisational Factors section. Jane’s
particular area of expertise is in risk communication, knowledge,
attitude and behaviour changing techniques and the management of
work related stress and how these can be applied with regard to
health and safety. Jane has been responsible for developing and
delivering HSL training courses on the topics of behaviour change,
wellbeing and work related stress.

Comments & Feedback

“Just a short note to thank you for an excellent course last week,
it was great, one of the most useful and interesting courses that I
have ever been on.”
Roger Barnes, BAE Systems


The course will be run at the HSL laboratory in the spa town of
Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good
links to mainline train stations and Manchester International

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at


The cost of the course is £1,195 per person  (includes
course notes, lunches, refreshments and a course dinner on the
second night).

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Please note the invoice option is not available within 4
weeks of the course date, or for overseas customers.

For further dates and additional information email:
or contact the Training & Conferences Unit

at HSL directly on +44 (0)1298 218806.

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