Ergonomics Systems Specialist (ESS) Certification

This 5-day ergonomics certification training course provides you with tools necessary to implement an effective ergonomics program into your organization.  Successful participants receive the ESS designation.

Learn how to incorporate ergonomics programming from a systems perspective, integrating with existing safety, risk, and other business management systems.

This ergonomics course will also emphasize practical applications for field, industrial and office environments.

Applicable in industries such as municipalities and government service sectors, construction, oil and gas, transportation, health care, pulp and paper, emergency services, engineering, food processing, manufacturing and more.

This course is eligible for the  Canada Job Grant! We have had many successful applicants for this program. These government funds allow for your employer to be refunded 2/3 of the tuition cost.


What you will learn:

Click here for the ESS Course Syllabus.

How to Sell Ergonomics and Achieve Buy-In

  • Dispelling myths regarding the cost of ergonomics! 
  • Identifying the true cost of injuries
  • Maximizing employee input
  • Validating findings and selling the message

How to Identify Physical and Organizational Hazards, including:

  • A review of lagging indicators including injury indices, incident reports, safety hazard assessments, physical demands analyses, and other relevant H&S data
  • Encouraging and collecting worker input
  • Proactive identification of musculoskeletal hazards
  • Review of organizational hazards (work organization, psychosocial factors, etc.)

How to Assess Risk

  • Detailed step by step breakdown of the workSMART MSD Risk Reduction Process
  • Scientifically backed task analysis methods, including how to assess the level of risk attached to
    • excessive force
    • awkward and static postures
    • high repetition rates
    • contact stress
    • whole body vibration
    • hand-arm vibration
    • environmental factors

Implementing Risk Control Strategies

  • How to implement quick turn around solutions and avoid "analysis paralysis"
  • Identification of priorities for ergonomics intervention
  • Detailed step by step breakdown on how to evaluate controls based on workSMART's control hierarchy and cost-benefit matrix
  • Review of specific control strategies associated with:
    • Manual material handling tasks
    • Driving and equipment operation tasks
    • Standing tasks
    • Seated tasks
    • Tool and equipment design
    • Workspace design
    • Office tasks and furnishings
    • Testing and evaluation of controls

Program Measurement and Continuous Improvement

  • Review of possible threats to success
  • How to measure immediate, intermediate, and long-term impacts
  • How to build on success and expand
  • How to manage newly acquired knowledge

Upcoming ESS Courses:

Due to corportate restructuring, we do not have any current course offering for the remainder of 2018. We apologize for any inconvenience. 


Continuing Credits Available


  BCRSP - Board for the certification of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals   2.5 CMP'S
  AOHNA - Alberta Occupational Health Nurses Association   32.5 credits
  COHNA - Canadian Occupational Health Nurses Association   COHNA endorsed
  AKA - Alberta Kinesiology Association   32.5 PDP credits
  CAOT - Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists   CAOT endorsed
  CRBOH - Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists   5.0 points
  BCAK - BC Association of Kinesiologists   35 credits  
  VRA - Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada   32.5 hours
  ABIH - American Board of Industrial Hygiene

  ABIH has previously awarded credit for this course.
  The current event contains 32.5 which can be claimed for CM credit.         


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