Employers pay more than $45 billion per year in workers compensation and related expenses for musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, lateral epicondylitis, and cubital tunnel syndrome (Early, 2013). As a result, more employers are seeking solutions to lower work related injury costs. We can help prevent injury when partnering with employers to identify risk factors and strategies to reduce or eliminate work-related musculoskeletal disorders in many different work environments.
Why would OTA's specialize in Ergonomics?
Provides opportunities to work as a consultant, contractor, or injury prevention specialist
Work within or outside the realm of occupational therapy
How can I become certified in OSHA-compliant ergonomic analysis?
By completing Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEAS) training workshops or online courses
This certification allows you to preform analysis is office, industrial, healthcare, and manufacturing environments. There are 3 levels of CEAS certifications you can obtain. They are:
CEAS I - Ergonomic Assessment Certification
CEAS II - Aging Workforce Ergonomic Solutions Certification
CEAS III - Practice Management of Occupational Ergonomics Certification
How long does it take?
Workshops are usually 2 days
Online courses are at your own pace but must be completed within 90 days to receive your designation
What does it cost to get certified as an ergonomic assessment specialist?
Live workshops are $535
Online courses are $435
CEU's are also awarded for workshops and online courses.
There are 10 live workshops scheduled around the country in 2013 or take the online courses at your convenience.
For information on CEAS courses and a schedule, please click the link below for The Back School of Atlanta website. All information on CEAS certification came from The Back School of Atlanta website.
References: Early, M. (2013). Physical dysfunction practice skills for the occupational therapy assistant, 3e. (3rd ed.). St. Louis, Missoui: Elsevier Mosby.
The back school of atlanta. (2012). Retrieved from http://thebackschool.net//courses.cfm?SubCatId=4