How to assess a products suitability for being part of an ergonomic solution

How to select products for a worker with special requirements

This course runs a live online virtual course

Duration: 1 Day

Hours:     09.00 – 16.00


Course dates and location

Who should attend?

Why choose enricosmog?

Course leader

Learning objectives


There is much talk about ergonomic products and what they can do, whereas in actual fact there is no such thing as an ergonomic product, instead we need to think of these products as being designed with ergonomic features that may or may not be suitable for the ergonomic solution we are proposing.

Who should attend?

  • Designed for all assessors who would like to know: 
    • how to select products for people with different conditions or requirements
    • how to determine what different products do and why they these have been recommended
    • how to match solutions to user requirements using an evidence-based approach i.e. referencing standards, ergonomic principles, specific guidance, ergonomic tools and methods

Why choose enricoSmog ergonomic practitioners?

  • We have extensive expertise in matching product solutions to user requirements. We have a vast knowledge of products for DSE use and have a unrivalled track record of successful solutions
  • We provide a teaching method by which delegates can determine products against body movement and requirements
  • We have acted as national ergonomic risk adviser for a number of organisations on risk assessments for disabled workers

Who is the course leader?

  • Duncan Abbott MSc C.ErgHF has carried out 000s of ergonomic assessments for organisations such as Dept of Work and Pensions ‘Access to Work’ scheme and many 000s for all types of employers

Learning objectives

This is a practical course, where delegates can assess and evaluate different set ups for different conditions.

  • The posture clinic will get you up to speed on body facts, using our body map tool will aid your ability on how to assess posture and enable you to make safe accommodations through understanding body mechanics and function of pelvis and spine
  • From the posture clinic we move to the seating clinic where the mysteries of the chair are revealed, after this section you will be able to differentiate between chairs and different types of mechanisms, sizing’s etc and these will be classified into standard, modified, specific function ...
  • Desks are evaluated in terms of shape, materials, size, function, task and use
  • An analysis of the different input devices and other aides are then evaluated
  • ​At the end of the course the delegate will know 
    • what can be achieved by training and when specialist products may become necessary
    • how to manage the use of ergonomic products and determine if they are a hazard or a benefit

IMPORTANT NOTE: We not selll products nor endorse a supplier, this is an educational course designed to enable you to evaluate and select equipment based on sound ergonomic principles which in most cases will lead to a successful resolution and cost savings.


08.45 - 09.00 Tea/Coffee

09.00 - 09.10  Introductions, housekeeping, how the course works

09.10- 09.30  What is an ergonomic product? 

  • Why are they needed?
  • What makes a product ergonomic?
  • What happens if a product is not ergonomic?

09.30 – 10.30 Posture clinic

  • What is posture? What is good posture?
  • How the body works and what are some of the failing points?
  • What happens when a person cannot achieve a good posture?
  • How to match working heights to posture points and when these may need to be adjusted

How we use our body will be continually considered as the course progresses

10.30 - 10.40- Break

10.40 – 12.00 Seating clinic 

  • How many types of chairs are there?
  • Why are there so many makes of what is essentially an office chair?
  • What about Ball chairs, Kneeling Chairs … ?
  • The chair will be deconstructed, and adaptations will be shown how to customise a chair for different conditions
  • Footrests and foot stands 

12.00 – 12.30  Desks and ways of working

  • Desks can come in all shapes and sizes but most fit recent standards i.e  desk height and depth, but not always shape nor width
  • How to safeguard a worker with a specific requirement when seated and how to determine what needs to change
  • Is standing a solution will a recommendation for a sit-stand desk really help? What is the current thinking?
  • What to do when different ways of working are in force and a DSE users needs a permanent place

12.30 – 13.00  Lunch

13.00- 13.15  How to set up a workstation for a person with a specific condition

  • The afternoon session will look at a number of workstation set ups focussing on the keyboard and mice

13.15- 14.15 Keyboards 

  • Starting with a standard keyboard design and hand position, we will look at the what causes issues the design of the keyboard or the behaviour of the user?
  • Keyboards come in all shapes and sizes, small, wide, different handed, shape, adjustability, sensitivity, visual discrimination
  • Delegates will evaluate a number of different keyboards and consider these for a range of users each having a different requirement
  • How to select by knowing about typical upper limb issues or condition that impact on the upper limb where adjustments need to be made
  • Wristrests - types and uses

14.15 – 15.15 Mice

  • Starting with a standard mouse design and hand position, we will look at the what causes issues the design of the mouse or the behaviour of the user?
  • Mice come in all shapes and sizes, hands come in different sizes, different styles require different mousing actions. Is the mouse the answer? What are the alternatives.
  • Delegates will have opportunity to evaluate all types of mice, allowing them to see how and when they can be used, and whether there are better solutions
  • How to select by knowing about typical upper limb issues or condition that impact on the upper limb where adjustments need to be made

15.15 – 15.20 - Break

15.20 – 15.50 How to set up a workstation for a person with a specific condition

Delegates will work on a case study with reference to the equipment that will be available on the day.

15.50 – 16.00  Wrap up

As a delegate you will receive

  • Course notes and materials
  • Refreshments
  • Certificate of completion

Cost:    £399.00 + vat


1st Quarter

Virtual online course   - September 2021

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