This PDC will focus on more in-depth analysis methods, both for manual material handling and upper extremity repetitive work. Participants will learn how to calculate the NIOSH Recommended Weight Limit and the Lifting Fatigue Failure Tool (LiFFT) to determine if their lifting situations present unacceptable risk. They will also learn how and when to use tools for repetitive work by the hands and arms using the Distal Upper Extremity Tool (DUET) and the Revised Strain Index. There will be an opportunity to practice using each of the analysis tools with real work situations. The instructors will also discuss situations when more expertise and equipment may be required.


Participants should have completed a basic ergonomics principles course, or previously taken the PDC Simple Ergonomic Tools to Identify Problem Jobs, or take this course in conjunction with MSD Risk Assessment: Observational Tools and Checklists.

Value Added

Musculoskeletal disorders are the most common reason for absenteeism and workers' compensation claims. This course will teach assessment tools which can enable participants to identify problematic levels of risk factors and their underlying causes for elimination or reduction.


  • Introduction and Overview
  • Description of the Ergonomics Toolkit
  • Flowchart for Choosing a Risk Assessment Tool
  • Advanced Ergonomic Risk Assessment Tools
  • Hands-on Application of Tools
  • Video Assessments
  • Multiple Task Job Analysis
  • Wrap-up and Summary


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Complete an ergonomic assessment using advanced tools.
  • Assess ergonomic risks for jobs with multiple tasks.
  • Define when more quantitative assessments may be needed.

Transfer of Knowledge

Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Group activities
  • Hands-on demonstrations and practicum
  • Practice exercises

Business Case/IH Value Statement

The instructors will discuss the severity and possible cost of some MSDs with associated risk factors and simple control strategies and their associated costs.

Learning Aids


Recording Access

If you are not available at the day and time your course is being offered, a recording will be available for you to view within 6 weeks after the live date and will be available to you through the end of January 2021.

Your Instructors

Sheree Gibson, P.E., CPE, Pensacola, FL

Sheree Gibson recently retired from her industrial ergonomics practice after 30 years. She has worked in all types of industries from aluminum foundries to health care. She was one of the original team who developed and implemented the AIHA Ergonomics Toolkit. She was also one of the AIHA team that assisted OSHA in updating their computer e-tool and was a co-author of AIHA's "An Ergonomics Guide to Computer Workstations (Third Edition). She is a Fellow of AIHA and is Vice-President of the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics.

Susan Kotowski, PhD, CPE, University of Cincinnati, College of Allied Health Sciences, Cincinnati, OH

Susan Kotowski is an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati. She holds a PhD and MS degree from UC with concentrations in occupational safety and ergonomics, as well as a MS degree in Industrial Engineering. She has consulted in ergonomics for more than 15 years, with experience in healthcare, warehousing, manufacturing, offices/call centers, and agriculture. She was one of the original team members who developed and implemented the AIHA Ergonomics Toolkit. She is also the author of the Ergonomics chapter of the AIHA White Book. She is active in the AIHA Ergonomics Committee and was also recently elected Secretary/Treasurer-Elect of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.