ABOUT  CEAS® II: EXPANDED  ERGONOMICS ASSESSMENT SKILLS CERTIFICATION

In the intermediate-level CEAS® II course, registrants practice using the REBA, RULA and Rodgers Muscle Fatigue Analysis. These tools are designed to evaluate individual task steps. You will learn the differences between and uses of these quantifiable evaluation tools; practical techniques for choosing cost effective solutions; and methods to compile concise client reports. Topics include the impact of the aging workforce on the workplace and issues specific to healthcare, office and manual material handling job sites.

CEAS® II builds on your foundation of basic ergonomics principles and best practices. Learn more about about why ergonomic injuries happen. The ergonomics assessment tools taught are designed to evaluate individual task steps. That improves your ability to correct risks and to perform a task step analysis. The learner will be able to address more involved and complex assessment problems with these new skills. Explore what causes the persistent injury; worker age considerations in ergonomics; job hazard analysis tools; the anatomy/physiology of ergonomics injury; injury risk factors; and the role posture and task repetition play.

There are no prerequisites for this course. You are not required to be CEAS® Certified before taking this course. 

At the successful completion of the workshop you will be awarded your certification designating you as a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist® II (CEAS® II).

The time frame for completing the online course is 90 days for each participant.

Our online course makes it easy to learn at your own pace, on your own schedule. You will:

  • View the Workshop Presentation Modules
  • Take and pass a 100-question exam with a 90% correct score
  • Registrants must analyze a task step from the accompanying videos using the REBA, RULA, and Rodgers Muscle Fatigue Analysis. You must submit one of each evaluation tool - one REBA, one RULA, and one Rodgers, each analyzing a task step. All reports can be based on the same video and task step or any combination of videos and task steps as long all three reports are submitted. Examples of each completed assessment tool are included in the course presentation.

After completing the Course Evaluation, your course work submissions will be personally reviewed by an instructor, who will provide written feedback. You will be notified via email when your Certification has been approved. Your Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist® II (CEAS® II) Certificate will then become available to download as a PDF and you will receive 1.5 CEUs (15 contact hours).

There is a 90-day time-frame allotted to complete the course.

If you prefer a more hands-on approach to learning, CEAS® II is also offered as a 2-day Live Workshop in select locations across the United  States throughout the year.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • Analyze the multi-faceted impact of the aging workforce and ways to address these concerns that benefit ALL workers.

  • Apply the use of the ergonomics assessment tools - REBA (Rapid Entire Body Assessment), RULA (Rapid Upper Limb Assessment) and Rodgers Muscle Fatigue Analysis in performing ergonomics analysis on individual task steps.

  • Investigate the injury and rehabilitation process associated with a persistent injury.

  • Identify issues encountered by Material Handlers and manufacturing and warehouse workers.

  • Discuss how shift work and sleep deprivation issues affect and influence job performance.

  • Construct a "Job/Process/Task Hazard Analysis" project.

  • Compose options for an "ERGO Leader" program.

*CEUs:

This course is currently pre-approved for Continuing Education CEs by the BOC and COPSKT. The Back School is also an AOTA Approved Provider (#4849) and is authorized to offer AOTA  15 contact hours for this class. AOTA Classification Codes: Category 1: Domain of OT & Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.

This and many of our courses are currently or have in the past been pre-approved for continuing education credit by most state PT boards. Other specialities/professional disciplines should be able to submit for individual credit but it is important for you to contact your state licensing board or professional credentialing board for information regarding policies and the amount of continuing education credits allowed for online courses. 

COURSE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

View the Workshop Presentation Modules. Take and pass a 100-question exam with a 90% correct score. Registrants must analyze a task step from the accompanying videos using the REBA, RULA, and Rodgers Muscle Fatigue Analysis. You must submit one of each evaluation tool - one REBA, one RULA, and one Rodgers, each analyzing a task step. All reports can be based on the same video and task step or any combination of videos and task steps as long all three reports are submitted. Examples of each completed assessment tool are included in the course presentation.

THESE COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS ARE FOR REGISTRANTS ONLY. BY REGISTERING YOURSELF OR SOMEONE ELSE FOR THIS COURSE YOU AGREE THAT YOU WILL NOT SHARE THESE MATERIALS WITH ANY THIRD PARTY.

REFUND POLICY

Refunds are not available for distance learning courses.

Who Should Register

PTs, OTs, CHTs, RNs, PT Students, Certified Safety Professionals, Industrial Engineers, Risk Managers, Ergonomists, Human Resources Professionals, PTAs, OTAs, ATs, NPs, OT Students, Industrial Hygienists, Chiropractors, Claims Managers, Safety Committee Members, Office Furniture Sales and anyone wanting to learn how to decrease risk of onsite employee injury and increase employee productivity and satisfaction.

Testimonial

"Excellent."

R.C., DPT, Atlantic Beach, FL

Testimonial

"Course was great."

L.L., Safety Specialist, New Albany, IN

Ron Porter, Director, PT, CEAS III

Ron Porter, Director, PT, CEAS III

Ronald W. Porter is a nationally recognized expert in the field of Occupational Safety and Health, and Ergonomics. 

In the past 35 years, since becoming Director of the Back School, he has instructed over 1000 workshops and seminars on Ergonomics Awareness and Musculoskeletal Disorder Prevention to physical and occupational therapists; medical doctors; chiropractors; occupational health nurses; and industrial health and safety professionals. 

Ron has worked with over 300 companies, including Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; US Foods; Mars Incorporated; E.I. Du Pont; DS Waters; Shell Oil; International Paper; WestRock; Arizona Public Service Company; Association of California Water Agencies/Joint Powers Insurance Agency and the United States Navy; consulting on the development and implementation of innovative ergonomics programs for both individual plant sites and entire corporations. 

He was chosen as the 2012 ASSE Ergonomics Practice Specialty Safety Professional of the Year, one of the 50 Most Influential People in Workers' Compensation by the 2014 SEAK National Workers' Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference and received a 2016 Presidentís Award presented by the ASSE. 

His recent presentations include: 

The 2007 - 2017 American Society of Safety Engineers Professional Development Conferences - The 2016 Region IV ASSE Professional Development Conference | The 1995 - 2005 and 2011 American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Annual Conferences | The 2010 National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition | SEAK Annual National Workersí Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conferences in 2005 - 2007 and 2013 and a March 2010 national webinar on the Aging Workforce for the ASSE Virtual Classroom. 

His Bachelor of Science degree is from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and his Graduate Degree in Physical Therapy from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, American Society of Safety Engineers, the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

MODULE 1: INTRO & ERGONOMICS ASSESSMENT REVIEW

  • Definition of Primary Risk Factors for Ergonomics Injuries
  • Use of OSHA Table W-1: Basic Screening Tool for identifying ergonomics risk factors

MODULE 2: PERSISTENT INJURY AND AGE CONSIDERATIONS FOR ERGONOMICS

  • The persistent injury, causes, prevention and control
  • Understanding the role of the Nutrient Pathway
  • Age considerations for ergonomics- obesity, hearing, eyesight\vision, fall risk, strength, flexibility, reflexes

MODULE 3: FATIGUE, HEAT AND COLD, SLEEPING SHIFTWORK

  • Understanding fatigue and explaining the role that it plays in ergonomics
  • Identify the role of heat stress and cold exposure
  • Consequences of sleep issues and shiftwork

MODULE 4: ERGO ASSESSMENT, JOB VERSUS TASK, RULA

  • Mastering ergonomics assessments
  • Job versus task and task step
  • Step-by-step application  for the Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA) 

MODULE 5: ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY REVIEW, ERGONOMIC MODIFIERS, RODGERS MUSCLE FATIGUE ANALYSIS

  • Anatomy and physiology review of an ergonomics injury
  • Risk factor modifiers- duration, frequency, intensity
  • Step-by-step application  for the Rodgers Muscle Fatigue Analysis

MODULE 6: RISK FACTOR REVIEW, GUIDELINES FOR SELECTING TOOLS, REBA

  • Primary risk factors- posture, force, repetition, contact/impact stress, vibration
  • Guidelines for selecting hand tools
  • Step-by-step application  for the Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA)

MODULE 7: HEALTHCARE

  • Overview of ergonomics risks in healthcare
  • Components of a successful Safe Patient Handling Program
  • Safe Patient Handling equipment

MODULE 8: OFFICE ERGONOMICS

  • Office Ergonomics Basics- chair, workstation for keyboard and mouse, monitor
  • Pros and cons for a variety of different improvements/modifications to the office environment
  • Posture options in the office setting

MODULE 9: MANUAL MATERIAL HANDLING AND WORK PROCESS HAZARD ANALYSIS AND ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS

  • Manual material handling 
  • Ergonomics Problem Solving Process-Job/Task/Work Process Hazard Analysis

MODULE 10: BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE FOR ERGONOMICS, ERGO LEADER PROGRAM AND REVIEW

  • Business perspective for ergonomics 
  • Online tools for calculating return on investment
  • Ergo Leader Program set-up