• Content

    2.5 hours of online content that includes presentations, videos and pdf handouts

  • Learn at your own pace

    Our course consists of 6 modules made up of powerpoint presentations and videos that can be undertaken at your own pace

  • Key areas covered

    We cover all key areas addressing the physical components of working with a vehicle: entering/exiting the vehicle, vehicle seat set up, working within the vehicle and manual handling in/out of the vehicle

  • Presenters

    The course has been developed by osteopath Heath Williams of CWHA & Principle Four Osteopathy / physiotherapist Wade Brennan of CWHA & Central Physio & Health

  • Professional development

    AHPRA registered practitioners (osteopaths, physiotherapists and chiropractors) will be able to claim 3 hours of professional development for undertaking this course.

  • Suitable for registered members of

    Osteopathy Australia, Australian Physiotherapy Association, ESSA, Myotherapy Association and COCA

Benefits of completing the course

Our course is suitable for all health professionals who are working in private clinical practice or are working in the corporate OHS setting

  • Review OHS/WHS and how this relates to vehicle ergonomics for the worker

  • Review the 4 main elements of vehicle ergonomics that relate to the physical domain of ergonomics

  • Apply the 4 key elements to a range of vehicles that include cars, trucks, vans

  • Learn how to assess and implement better practices for entering and exiting vehicles

  • Learn how to advise clients and workers to improve their vehicle seat set up

  • Learn how to review and educate clients and workers on better strategies to work within the vehicle

  • Review storage and manual tasks relating to vehicle

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction - Physical vehicle ergonomic considerations

    • Physical vehicle ergonomic considerations

    • Online course instructions

    • Course Manual PDF Download

    • Course presenters

    • Course objectives

  • 2

    Module 1 - OHS/WHS basic

    • Module 1 Introduction

    • Module 1 learning objectives

    • Defining ergonomics

    • Domains of ergonomics

    • Defining hazards and risks

    • OHS risk management system

    • Risk control heirarchy

    • Common vehicle issues and concerns

    • What does the research tell us

    • General risk factors for work related musculoskeletal disorders

    • Manual handling risk factors

    • Quiz

  • 3

    Module 2 - Hazards and risks associated with vehicles

    • Module 2 Introduction

    • Vehicle types

    • 4 elements to consider

    • Entering and exiting vehicle considerations

    • Awkward entering and exiting

    • Observations - entering and exiting the vehicle

    • Entering & exiting the vehicle observation and considerations

    • Entering too close to dash - awkward

    • Vehicle driving posture considerations

    • Driving posture types

    • Upright or leaning forward driving posture

    • Arm on window sill or single arm driving posture

    • Relaxed driving posture

    • Seated vehicle posture observations and considerations

    • Vehicle seat considerations

    • Working within the vehicle considerations

    • Work considerations

    • Awkward laptop use

    • Awkward twisting laptop posture

    • Awkward postures working behind driver's seat example

    • Work within the vehicle observation and considerations

    • Storage and manual handling

    • Boot Storage

    • Hatchback storage

    • Rear seat storage

    • Hilux storage

    • Triton tray storage 1

    • Triton tray storage 2

    • Manual handling vehicle observations and considerations 1

    • Manual handling vehicle observation and considerations 2

    • Opening and closing vehicle obervation

    • Quiz

  • 4

    Module 3 - Best practice strategies

    • Module 3 Introduction

    • 4 elements to consider

    • Entering and exiting vehicle

    • Larger vehicle considerations

    • Entering and exiting large vehicle guidelines

    • Vehicle seat set up

    • Vehicle Seat Set Up Video - Electronic Seat

    • Truck considerations

    • Plant vehicle considerations

    • Working within the vehicle

    • Passenger seat laptop use

    • Passenger seat tablet use

    • Working externally with laptop

    • Working from rear of vehicle with laptop

    • Working on boot of car example

    • Strategies to improve work within the vehicle

    • Working with input devices

    • Storage and manual handling

    • Rear boot storage vehicle type

    • Designated storage units

    • Tailored storage designs

    • Strategies to improve manual handling with vehicle

    • Quiz

  • 5

    Module 4 - Risk Control Strategies

    • Module 4 Introduction

    • Risk control strategies

    • Level 1 Elimination

    • Level 2 Engineering and substitution

    • Vehicle seat accessories

    • Mobile laptop devices

    • Storage and handling devices

    • Handling and trolley devices

    • Level 3 - administrative control measures

    • Rest break recommendations

    • Quiz

  • 6

    Module 5 - Case based examples

    • Module 5 introduction

    • Size mismatch vehicle too large

    • Size mismatch vehicle too small

    • Vehicle not fit for purpose boot

    • Vehicle not fit for purpose

    • Neck and upper limb pain

    • Lower back complaint

    • Hip and spine support

    • Lower limb complaint

    • Lower limb complaint footwell

    • Manual handling challenges

    • Quiz

  • 7

    Module 6 - References and resources

    • Module 6 introduction

    • Ergonomic resources australia

    • Vehicle ergonomic educational poster

    • Course survey

    • CWHA Certificate Instructions.pdf

    • References

    • CWHA privacy policy

    • CWHA policy and procedures

Course price


Osteopath / S&C Coach

Heath Williams

Heath Williams Osteopath / Strength and Conditioning Coach www.principlefourosteopathy.com.au / www.corporateworkhealth.com.au


Wade Brennan

Physiotherapist WHS Consultant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Vehicle ergonomic risk assessment online course

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