Safety Diploma Course

OSHA Shipyard Ergonomics Training Course


Ergonomics related health hazard is one of the major risks workers face while performing their responsibilities at shipyards. Workers need to be trained to manage workplace dangers nicely by following all relevant safety regulations and proven safe work practices.

This OSHA Shipyard Ergonomics Training Course is intended to train workers about the health and environmental impacts of ergonomic hazards and delves into ways to safeguard shipyard employees who are engaged in some of the regular activities such as repairing, building and dismantling of vessels or ships from ergonomic health hazards.

Learners are provided with the overview of musculoskeletal disorders and other health risks related to ergonomics, preventive guide to protect workers from common ergonomics health hazards, and complete analysis of ergonomics solutions and controls applicable for shipyard workplaces.

Governing regulations

Musculoskeletal disorders affect millions of shipyard workers every year across the world and to prevent this health hazard, OSHA has published ergonomics guidelines in 2008, which provide preventive measures and healthy practices to avoid ergonomic risks for workers. Before formulating the guidelines, OSHA thoroughly reviewed the existing ergonomic practices in shipyard industry, made visits to work sites to understand questionable work practices and got the feedbacks from employees. While reviewing shipyard ergonomic practices, the agency also took available scientific information which related to shipyard work activities before formulizing specific ergonomic solutions.

OSHA has made the guidelines in the form of advisory for shipyard employers. So, they are not considered as new standards or regulations and do not add new OSHA duties. As per the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act, the employers are obliged to follow the ergonomics guidelines under OSHA general duty clause, 29 U.S.C. 654(a)(1). However, if an employer failed to comply, it won’t be considered as violation or evidence of a violation of the general duty clause.

Course Overview

This e-learning safety course provides an overview of ergonomics safe practices followed in shipyard industry. The training covers fundamental guidelines for safe ergonomics and also how to do smart works and execute responsibilities safely to reduce injury due to musculoskeletal disorders. Learners will also get to know the causes of common injuries and understand possible solutions which are scientific to make workplaces safer and incident free. The course syllabus also includes important case studies to understand the benefits of good ergonomics practices and training methodologies along with links to additional resources.

Who Must Take this Course?

Workers face various risks and dangers while performing their duties. Some of the activities which can cause long term ergonomic disorders include: repair, construction, demolition or maintenance of ships or painting, electrical work, sheet metal work or welding at yard, shop or aboard the ships. These activities provide exertion to workers and potentially expose them to certain risk factors which can lead to long term health problems. By following ergonomics best practices shipyard employees can perform their works efficiently and safely even while lifting or carrying heavy materials and equipment thus avoiding injury and maximizing productivity.

Course Format

Students joining our OSHA Shipyard Ergonomics Training course are provided with expert-made content which are latest and addresses all aspects of workplace safety related to in-house and field ergonomics along with graphical and audio explanations on important concepts, case studies and also good number of practice questions to enable learners to secure high marks in the final exam.

Students completing this safety course are entitled to receive hard copy of training completion certificate along with a wallet card.

Continuing education credits?

Every student passing this safety course from our institution is eligible to receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs), which can be used for career progression.

Topics Covered

  • About This Course
  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction to OSHA Shipyard Ergonomics Training
    • Introduction to OSHA Shipyard Ergonomics Guidelines
    • The Importance of Ergonomics
    • Health Hazard: Musculoskeletal Disorders
    • Ergonomics-Related Risk Factors for Shipyard Workers
    • Injury Statistics
  • Process for Protecting Employees
    • Providing Management Support
    • Involving Employees
    • Providing Training
    • Identifying Problems
    • Implementing Solutions
    • Addressing Reports of Injuries
    • Evaluating Progress
  • Introduction to Shipyard Ergonomics Solutions
    • Types of Controls
  • Shipyard Ergonomics Solutions-Site-Wide
  • Shipyard Ergonomics Solutions-Material and Equipment Handling
    • Carts, Hand Trucks, and Pallet Jacks
    • Drum Movers and Tilters, Overhead Cranes
    • Jib Cranes
    • Hoists and Balancers
    • Conveyors
    • Roller Balls
    • Moveable Containers, Pulley Systems, and Automatic Hose Rollers
    • Hose, Cord, and Cable Management Systems
    • Turning and Rotating Devices
    • Racks and Shelves, Material Positioners
    • Moving Welding Units, Large Hose Reels and Synthetic Lines
    • Tractors and Trailers, and Stack Blowers on Wheels
  • Shipyard Ergonomics Solutions-Tools
    • Low-Vibration Tools and Tool Balancers
  • Shipyard Ergonomics Solutions-Metal Work
  • Shipyard Ergonomics Solutions-Shipside
  • Shipyard Ergonomics Solutions-Metal Work
  • Shipyard Ergonomics Solutions-Personal Protective Equipment
  • Summary
  • Additional Resources
  • Exam