Ergonomics for occupational therapists: Conducting upper limb musculoskeletal disorder interventions in the workplace- Calgary, AB (CANCELLED)
1-Jun-2018 8:00 AM - 2-Jun-2018 4:00 PM
2828 23 St NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E 8T4

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Ergonomics for occupational therapists: Conducting upper limb musculoskeletal disorder interventions in the workplace

Calgary, Alberta

Friday, June 1 to Saturday, June 2, 2018 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Mountain Time)

In this two-day interactive and hands-on workshop, participants will learn and apply up-to-date scientific evidence and ergonomic assessment techniques pertaining to the identification, assessment and intervention of upper limb musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace. Participants will practice the steps in conducting an ergonomic assessment in the workplace using a variety of validated tools with videotaped case studies. Participants will identify risk management solutions that focus on preventing further injury in the job, or facilitating return-to-work of an injured worker.

Workshop topics:

Day 1

  • Definition of ergonomics and systems approach
  • Prevalence of upper limb musculoskeletal disorders
  • Risk factors in the workplace for upper limb musculoskeletal disorders
  • Conducting an ergonomics assessment
  • Conducting task analysis
  • Identifying risk factors for further assessment

Day 2

  • Techniques for performing a risk assessment
  • Using risk assessment techniques to evaluate risk
  • Risk management strategies for minimizing upper limb musculoskeletal disorders
  • Organization of work and psychosocial factors

Goals and learning objectives:

After taking part in this workshop, participants will: 

  1. Describe the most common causes of upper limb musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace.
  2. Identify risk factors that contribute to upper limb musculoskeletal disorders in the workplaces.
  3. Analyze the extent of risk by utilizing a variety of ergonomic risk assessment tools.
  4. Explain various risk control options for reducing risk of injury.
  5. Conduct an ergonomic assessment for upper limb musculoskeletal disorder prevention or return-to-work.

Target audience:

This workshop is intended for occupational therapist clinicians who wish to be able to use up-to-date ergonomic techniques pertaining to the identification, assessment and intervention of adults with upper limb musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace. Students in occupational therapy programs are also welcome to attend. 

Please note: Each participant is responsible to ensure they apply the information within the context of their licensure, provincial/territorial legislations, institution regulations, scope of practice, etc. 

Areas of practice

Musculoskeletal, general physical health, vocational rehabilitation

Client age groups

Adults (20-64 years)

Workshop level:

Intermediate (3-5 years of experience in this area of practice) 


Dr. Judy Village

Dr. Judy Village is a Certified Professional Ergonomist in Canada and the U.S. She has more than 25 years of experience conducting applied research, consulting and providing education in ergonomics with a focus on musculoskeletal disorder prevention. She has a BSc and MSc in Kinesiology from Waterloo and Simon Fraser University, and recently completed a PhD in Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University. The focus of her PhD work was to find ways engineers and ergonomists could work together to design production systems to promote healthy workers. Dr. Village is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC, teaching a masters level course in ergonomics. She was formerly on the Board of Directors for the Canadian College for the Certification of Professional Ergonomists. Dr. Village was on previous ergonomics-related CSA committees and has over 100 publications and conference proceedings. She is frequently an invited speaker at conferences and workshops across Canada and the US. She has developed professional training programs for UBC, UNBC, U. of California, U. of Washington, the Association of Canadian Ergonomists, the BC Association of Physiotherapists and the Ergonomics Summer Institute at University of California, Berkeley.

Registration fees:

Early bird rates: Registration and payment completed by February 21, 2018

CAOT Member and Associates

Student Associates

Non member*




Plus applicable taxes

Regular rates: Registration and payment completed between February 22, 2018 and April 18, 2018

CAOT Member and Associates

Student Associates

Non member*




Plus applicable taxes

Please note that for the 2017-2018 workshops, CAOT has reduced the registration fee for all registrants instead of offering a group rate. When available, CAOT offers late registration for workshops at the regular rate plus a $50 administration fee. We will only be able to accommodate if there is sufficient space.

Registration deadline: April 18, 2018 

*In many cases it would be more cost effective to become a CAOT Member or Associate rather than pay the non-member rate. See “Can a non-member register for a Workshop?” in our Workshop FAQ to know which membership category you are eligible for. 

Included with your registration fee:

Two-day workshop, electronic copy of presentation slide handouts, coffee/tea/water during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks, opportunity to network and make connections with other occupational therapists interested in this topic, one-hour Q&A webinar with the presenter approximately 2 months following the webinar, electronic certificate of attendance

To reduce the registration fee by $40/day, lunch and snacks on your own.

Optional On-Demand Practice Evidence Webinar (available separately)

Village, J. (2015, February 17). How to integrate ergonomics into engineering designs [webinar]. Ottawa, ON: CAOT.

For more information and to purchase, please visit the CAOT Store.

To reduce the registration fee by $40/day, lunch and snacks on your own.

Maximum number of registrants:


Workshop location:

Executive Royal Hotel - North Calgary
2828 23 St NE
Calgary, AB T2E 8T4

Overnight accommodations

Rooms can be booked at a special rate of $109.00 per night, plus tax. Reservations can be made through our Reservations Desk by quoting the group reference name “CAOT” once a group block has been set-up. To make reservations, call our toll free line 1.877.769.2562 or local line 403.219.7488 and quote the Group Name “CAOT”, to ensure there is no confusion with the quoted group rates. Alternatively, if email is preferred please email directly to Please book at least a month in advance to receive these rates.

Cancellation/refund policy:

All cancellation/refund requests must be sent to Cancellation requests received prior to April 18, 2018 will be given a 50% refund. CAOT will not provide a refund after the registration deadline.

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