This PDC will focus on a methodology for selecting an appropriate risk assessment tool for the reduction of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). It will also introduce some of the tools used for observational surveys. Participants will learn how and when to use the WISHA checklist, the Occupational Repetitive Actions (OCRA) checklist, the Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA) and the new OSHA computer workstation checklists. There will be an opportunity to practice using each of the assessment tools for real work situations.


Participants should have completed a basic ergonomics course and be familiar with risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders.

Value Added

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common reason for absenteeism and workers' compensation losses. This course will teach simple assessment tools which can enable participants to identify which jobs or tasks are most likely to cause an MSD.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Complete a simple (preliminary) ergonomic risk factor assessment.
  • Apply ergonomic assessment tools (i.e., checklist) to identify potential risk factors.
  • Determine the nuances between the different assessment tools.
  • Select the appropriate assessment tool(s) for different job assessments.


  • Introduction and Overview
  • The Ergonomic Tool Kit
  • Ergonomic Concepts and Assessment Techniques
  • How to Choose an Assessment Tool
  • Basic Ergonomic Assessment Tools
  • Nontraditional Environments (e.g., Laboratories, Health Care)
  • Hands-on Application of the Tools
  • Wrap-up and Summary

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

We will discuss the cost of MSDs and the often low-cost of many simple solutions.

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.