We can deliver talks, training or workshops to meet your needs in terms of scope, length and delegates. All training is delivered by Margaret Hanson who has delivered talks and training on a range of ergonomics issues in many different industries.

All courses are conducted in an interactive style, with delegates encouraged to ask questions, take part in discussions, and participate in practical sessions. Full course materials and certificates of attendance are provided. We encourage participation by having a maximum of 12 delegates for training courses (though more for talks), and talks and training are usually conducted at your premises. Courses can be tailored to your specific needs, and we are happy to discuss this with you.

DSE workstation assessors’ training

assessIn this one day course delegates will gain skills and experience in undertaking computer workstation assessments, as required under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations. On successful completion of a short test delegates will receive a certificate of attendance.

The course is a mixture both of theory and practical exercises. It includes:

  • Overview of the regulations
  • Health problems associated with DSE use
  • DSE-related risk factors
  • Risk reduction, including how to set up and use the workstation
  • Risk assessment, including a demonstration and practice of undertaking a DSE assessment
  • Management of the DSE assessments and risk reduction process
  • Management of those with health problems
  • Home-workers, laptop users, mobile workers, hot-desk users.

Both novice and experienced assessors are likely to benefit from the course which will include consideration of some keyboard / mouse alternatives. The course will allow delegates to gain confidence in their management of colleagues with common work-related health problems, particularly musculoskeletal disorders.

Currently this course is only available in-house; please contact us if you are interested in finding out more.

We also offer a DSE assessors’ refresher course (half day) which will help boost confidence in those who have received full training but may not have applied their skills for a while, or who require some reassurance that they are undertaking assessments in a suitable way. All courses are delivered in an interactive style, with delegates observing a demonstration DSE assessment and then undertaking one themselves as part of the course.

A sample of delegate feedback:

  • Thank for taking such [a] great course yesterday.
  • Thank you for the course yesterday, it was very interesting.
  • Thanks again for a really good workshop.

Ergonomics Essentials – with DSE and manual handling

This 5-day course course which is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) provides a practical and in-depth introduction to ergonomics. It allows delegates to optimise the application of ergonomics within their organisations. WorksOut jointly runs this course with the Keil Centre; between them they have experience of successfully guiding several hundred delegates through the course. The course, which is conducted in a friendly classroom style, with practical exercises and discussion, includes:


  • Overview of the ergonomics approach
  • Anatomy and anthropometry (how people differ physically)
  • Tool and equipment design
  • Workplace design and layout
  • Work and job design
  • Musculoskeletal disorder risk assessment (including upper limb disorders – RSI) and reduction of risks
  • Manual handling risk assessment and reduction
  • DSE workstation risk assessment

The course is regularly run as a public course and can also be delivered in-house. Please contact us if you would like more information.

Bespoke ergonomics courses

We can tailor an ergonomics training course to your particular industry and needs, and would be happy to discuss this with you. We are able to provide training in the following areas:

  • An introduction to ergonomics in workplace design
  • Ergonomic risk assessment
  • Musculoskeletal disorders and upper limb disorders risk assessment and risk reduction
  • Manual handling risk assessment and risk reduction

We ensure that in-house training is appropriate and specific to your requirements, based on discussions with you. Typically we would make a pre-course visit to collect appropriate photographic or video material to be used during the training, so that it is illustrated with relevant examples for delegates. Numbers are limited to 12 to allow full delegate participation.