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Ergonomics Training

Ergonomics is the science of designing the work environment, equipment, tasks and job to the worker. Good ergonomics is proven to lessen muscle fatigue, increase productivity and reduce the number and severity of musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs).

These online modules and resources are intended for students, contractors and other Alberta Health Services (AHS) representatives who do not have MyLearningLink access.

Please contact student.strategies@ahs.ca if you have any further questions.

NOTE: If you are an AHS employee, you must complete the below online modules through MyLearningLink to track your course completion.


Musculoskeletal Injury (MSI) Prevention

The 30-minute online module provides basic awareness on injuries, prevention strategies, and other resources to keep workers safe. By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe what musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) are and recognize how they can happen;
  2. Identify how to assess workplace hazards, risk factors and controls to reduce risk of injury;
  3. Demonstrate ways to prevent musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) and recognize what to do if they get injured at work; and
  4. Identify next steps for completing the AHS injury prevention training.
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Manual Materials Handling

The 40-minute online module provides training on manual handling of objects or materials (e.g., lifting a box, pushing or pulling a cart or carrying objects). The goal of the Manual Materials Handling program is to reduce risks and prevent manual handling injuries. This program does not pertain to patient handling. By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  1. Recognize workplace hazards and risk factors that could lead to an injury for manual handling tasks;
  2. Assess hazards and identify controls that can reduce the risk of injury from manual handling tasks; and
  3. Identify safe body positions and movements for manual handling.
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Instructional Videos:

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It’s Your Move! Annual Overview

The 35-minute online module provides training to all workers who perform client handling as a regular part of their job. The goal of the It’s your Move program is to reduce risks and prevent client handling injuries. By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify their responsibilities in hazard assessment;
  2. Identify the principles of good body mechanics;
  3. Apply the three areas of assessment (self, environment and client); and
  4. Use the Functional Transfer Record (FTR).
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Supplementary modules:

  1. Transfer with a Belt (10 minutes)
  2. Total Care Lift (15 minutes)
  3. Sit-to-Stand Lift (15 minutes)
  4. Limb Holding using Band Slings (15 minutes)
  5. Lateral Transfers and Log Roll (10 minutes)
  6. Bariatric Considerations (30 minutes)

Instructional Videos:

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It's Your Move! Community and Home Care

The 30-minute online module provides front line workers with information and strategies on preventing workplace back injuries. By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify their own risk of being injured;
  2. Assess their client's ability to contribute to a move; and
  3. Manage or reduce their own risk of injury.
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