SAFE06054 2019 Workstation assessor training

General Details

Full Title
Workstation assessor training
Transcript Title
Workstation assessor training
70 %
Subject Area
SAFE - Safety Studies
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Edel Costello, Rachel Nugent
Programme Membership
SG_SOCCU_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Occupational Safety and Health SG_SOCCU_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Occupational Safety and Health SG_SOCCU_B07 201900 Level 7 Embedded Award in Science in Occupational Safety and Health

The aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to conduct ergonomic hazard identification and risk assessment of workplace workstations and examine suitable organisational and operational controls.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Have a basic knowledge of current health & safety legislation in relation to workplace workstations.


Identify ergonomic risk factors, hazards and risks of workplace workstations and explain their association with musculoskeletal disorders.


Complete an ergonomic workstation risk assessment.


Identify practical solutions to reduce workers risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders.


Communicate the findings from ergonomic risk assessment and offer recommendations of basic principles for securing safety and health in the workplace.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time. 

The students will be exposed to a blend of learning activities, independent learning, and directed learning. Students will be required to work independently and in groups but will be assessed individually. This approach is expected to address various student learning needs. Moodle will be used to upload educational material (e.g. powerpoint presentations, case studies, and supplementary reading material) and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% Continuous Assessment

The breakdown of the assessment:

  • Quiz assessment of theory:     (30%) to assess theory recall and understanding
  • Skills Demonstration:               (40%) to assess practical skills and knowledge
  • Assignment:                             (30%) students must apply knowledge to complete an assignment outlined in a  case study brief with specific guidelines e.g. outline a suitable process to carry out an ergonomic risk assessment on a specific workplace workstation.

Quizzes and assignments will be undertaken through Moodle and assignments uploaded through Moodle.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessments

Indicative Syllabus

1. Have a basic knowledge of current health & safety legislation in relation to workplace workstations.

  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulation 2007: VDU

2. Identify ergonomic risk factors, hazards and risks of workplace workstations and explain their association with musculoskeletal disorders.

  • Ergonomics of workstations
  • Musculoskeletal disorder risk factors
  • Types of workstations and their influence of postures & movements

3. Complete an ergonomic workstation risk assessment.

  • Data collection methods
  • Ergonomic risk assessment tools e.g. questionnaires, surveys, checklists, score sheets

4. Identify practical solutions to reduce workers risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders.

  • Physical ergonomics
  • Cognitive ergonomics
  • Organisational ergonomics
  • Ergonomics Principles
  • Case studies

5. Communicate the findings from ergonomic risk assessment and offer recommendations of basic principles for securing safety and health in the workplace.

  • Reporting methods
  • Communication

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Quiz Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 15 % Week 3 1,2
2 Design risk assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Week 5 2,3
3 Workstation Risk Assessment Continuous Assessment Assignment 40 % Week 7 3,5
4 Quiz Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 15 % Week 13 4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Study 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2008 Health and Safety in Brief Routledge
ISBN 9780750686396 ISBN-13 0750686391

The quick reference guide to health & safety best practice and legal issues for managers, HR and safety professionals and students.

Recommended Reading
1998-01-01 Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety: Chemical, industries and occupations International Labour Organization
ISBN 9221098168 ISBN-13 9789221098164
Recommended Reading
2007-06-07 Human Factors and Behavioural Safety Routledge
ISBN 9781136397523 ISBN-13 1136397523

Accidents and cases of occupational ill-health are commonly associated with aspects of human behaviour and the potential for human error. Human Factors and Behavioural Safety is not written for psychologists, but instead gives health and safety professionals and students a broad overview of human factors and those aspects of human behaviour which have a direct effect on health and safety performance within organisations. Particular attention is paid to: * the role of the organisation in promoting safe behaviour * the sensory and perceptual processes of people * behavioural factors, such as attitude, motivation and personality * the process of attitude change * theories of personal risk taking and accident * the importance of good communication, change management and stress management

Recommended Reading
2007-03-14 Health and Safety Pocket Book Routledge
ISBN 9781136399404 ISBN-13 1136399402

The Health and Safety Pocket Book is a handy reference tool for practising health and safety professionals, auditors, managers, HR personnel, employee representatives and anyone with health and safety responsibilities. It is an essential compilation of guidance, data and checklists covering a wide range of health and safety topics, supported by extensive key glossary terms. The A-Z arrangement within the chapters and extensive cross-referencing make the book easy to navigate, while its size and scope make it the ideal volume for ready reference and site visits. The book will also be useful for health and safety courses at all levels. Key features include: The principal health and safety legal requirements for every industry Safety management elements and systems Checklists for major hazards affecting all industries A wealth of charts, hard to remember details and data A glossary of the main concepts of health and safety A list of important health and safety courses, publications and organisations Jeremy Stranks has over 40 years' experience in occupational safety and health enforcement, management consultancy and training. He is a founding member of NEBOSH and has lectured on all aspects of health and safety. His company Safety & Hygiene Consultants offers organisations advice in the preparation of Statements of Health and Safety Policy, risk assessment and safety monitoring procedures, together with in-house training for all levels of management. He also undertakes expert witness work in both criminal and civil cases.

Recommended Reading
2007-01-01 An Ergonomics Guide to Computer Workstations AIHA
ISBN 9781931504843 ISBN-13 1931504849
Recommended Reading
2002-05-03 Bodyspace Taylor & Francis
ISBN 9781135750350 ISBN-13 1135750351

This edition has been revised to bring fresh insights into the principles and practice of anthropometrics, workspace design, sitting and seating, hands and handles, ergonomics in the office, ergonomics in the home, and health and safety at work.

Recommended Reading
2006-03-15 International Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Second Edition - 3 Volume Set CRC Press
ISBN 0849375479 ISBN-13 9780849375477

The previous edition of the International Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors made history as the first unified source of reliable information drawn from many realms of science and technology and created specifically with ergonomics professionals in mind. It was also a winner of the Best Reference Award 2002 from the Engineering Libraries Division, American Society of Engineering Education, USA, and the Outstanding Academic Title 2002 from Choice Magazine. Not content to rest on his laurels, human factors and ergonomics expert Professor Waldemar Karwowski has overhauled his standard-setting resource, incorporating coverage of tried and true methods, fundamental principles, and major paradigm shifts in philosophy, thought, and design. Demonstrating the truly interdisciplinary nature of this field, these changes make the second edition even more comprehensive, more informative, more, in a word, encyclopedic. Keeping the format popularized by the first edition, the new edition has been completely revised and updated. Divided into 13 sections and organized alphabetically within each section, the entries provide a clear and simple outline of the topics as well as precise and practical information. The book reviews applications, tools, and innovative concepts related to ergonomic research. Technical terms are defined (where possible) within entries as well as in a glossary. Students and professionals will find this format invaluable, whether they have ergonomics, engineering, computing, or psychology backgrounds. Experts and researchers will also find it an excellent source of information on areas beyond the range of their direct interests.

Recommended Reading
2002-09-11 Office Ergonomics CRC Press
ISBN 9780203485002 ISBN-13 0203485009

Office workers form a large and growing proportion of the workforce, especially with the growth of the service sector. Almost all of us work in computerised offices, and have become strongly attached to these machines. We wish to be productive and successful, satisfied with our work, get along with our fellow workers; we do not want to suffer aches in wrists, shoulders or back, or any headaches. This is a practical book, but it is based on sound theory and research. It is written for the practitioner: the office manager, the equipment purchaser, the designer and architect and especially for the individual office worker, for you and me who operate keyboards, check and make files, phone and fax, sit and stand, write and read, who discuss and evaluate , and prepare for decisions. We need to know how to set up the office, how to select and arrange our equipment and furniture, how to organise and pace our work. We need to perform 'at ease and efficiently', which is the motto of ergonomics

Recommended Reading
1999 Musculoskeletal Disorders, Risk Factors and Prevention Steps
ISBN 0801679842 ISBN-13 9780801679841

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