OHSE2720 - Ergonomics for OHS

Course CodeCourse NameIntake

Ergonomics for OHS

Trimester 2
10 May 2021

40 Credits


Introduces the student to the scope of ergonomics and the application of ergonomic principles to workplace design and work organization. It includes physiological, anatomical, psychological, environmental and management perspectives on work capacity, workplace design and work organization

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Identify and evaluate the impact of various personal attributes (anatomical, physiological and   psychological) on proper safe working practice;
  2. Assess the effect of physical environmental factors on comfort and performance;
  3. Apply principles of good ergonomic design of work areas and equipment to a range of occupational   settings;
  4. Explain the influence of ergonomic principles on work organisation and culture


Major topics include:

  1. An introduction to the scope of ergonomics;
  2. the physiology of work;
  3. physical environmental factors, heat, light and vibration and their measurement;
  4. human physical abilities and dimensions relating to the workstation/tool design, manual handling and over-use syndrome;
  5. psychological abilities relating to memory, perception of danger, attention and boredom and their relevance to work for design and organisation;
  6. physiological, psycho-social and organisational aspects of shift work;
  7. impact of ergonomic issues on work attitude, culture and organisation.


This course is not only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental & Occupational Health & Safety program, but also non-award students. No change for entry criteria (entry criteria will be the same as that for students in the bachelor's program).

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Exam – Class

In Term Test: Workshop Assessment Test

Final Examination: Written Formal Examination

Contact Hours

Lecture at PSB Academy

Face to Face on Campus 40 hour(s) per Term Full Term