2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

Ergonomics Education Workshops For High-Risk Employees
Alaina D. Kramer* and Mitch Stewart
Dr. Carol Cox, Faculty Mentor

During spring 2011, Gammans presented Ergonomics Educational Workshops to groups of Northeast Missouri employees who worked in job categories that carried a high-risk of work-related injuries. Upon completion of the Ergonomic Education Workshops, the participants will increase their knowledge of prevention of MSDs at the workplace. An independent samples t-test revealed a statistically significant difference between the mean scores of the Ergonomics Prevention Knowledge Pre-test (M=7.0714; S.D. = .21117) and the Ergonomics Prevention Knowledge Post-test (M=8.3571; S.D. = .17650). t(42)=.000, p<.05. Worksite health educators can teach an approach that can reduce the burden of workplace injury, especially when workers have the essential knowledge about ergonomics (Carrivick, Lee, Yau, & Stevenson, 2005). Education is key to stressing the importance of a healthy ergonomics environment in the workplace (Eby & Mahone, 1991). Future research should explore any short- or long-term changes in participants risk behaviors following the workshops.

Keywords: Ergonomics

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 107-4
Location: MG 2001
Time: 8:45

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