15 March 2019 - Upper Limb Disorders in the Workplace - Risk Assessment and Management


Course Aims / Summary

The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health & Ergnomics (ACPOHE) is a special interest group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.  ACPOHE has been running courses for physiotherapists who have a specialist interest in the fields of occupational health and ergonomics for many years.  This one day Upper Limb Disorders in the Workplace course is designed for occupational health physiotherapists who have an understanding of workplace ergonomics and wish to expand their knowledge in the area of work related upper limb problems.  This course contributes towards ACPOHE Registered Membership requirements.

The aim of this course is to provide delegates with:

  • An understanding of UK Health & Safety legislation, relevant to upper limb disorders (ULDs)
  • An understanding of HSE and other relevant guidance
  • An understanding of the risk factors associated with work related upper limb disorders (WRULDs)
  • Knowledge of how to conduct a workplace ergonomics assessment for an employee with a ULD, using appropriate tool(s); and knowledge of how to design an action plan which aims to reduce risk and promote health

Course Objectives

On completion of this module delegates should be able to:

  1. Describe the extent of WRULDs within the UK and internationally
  2. Describe work-related and personal risk factors for ULDs
  3. Identify and competently assess these risk factors for a workplace setting
  4. Describe ergonomics principles to manage and reduce the risk of WRULDs, considering priorities for action and means of communication to management and individuals
  5. Discuss the importance of psychosocial factors in the management of WRULDs (yellow, blue, black flags)
  6. Be confident in addressing WRULDs within their scope of practice

Please note : This course focuses on the occupational and ergonomics aspects of ULDs.  It does not include DSE workstation assessment, nor the apporpriate physiotherapy treatment for those with ULDs.  Seperate ACPOHE DSE courses are available covering workstation assessments.

Pre Course

Delegates should have a basic understanding of occupational health and applied ergonomics.  You should have completed the following ACPOHE course: Introduction to Occupational Health or have experience of working at a similar level.

Pre-course preparation is required:  Delegates are expected to be familiar with HSE's 2002 publication: Upper Limb Disorders in the Workplace (HSG60) prior to the course.  This is availbale online from  http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg60.htm

This course is open to Chartered Physiotherapists.


Katherine Roberts is a Chartered Physiotherapist and ACPOHE Registered Member who has been working in the field of occupational health and ergonomics for 18 years.  She gained an MSc in Health Ergonomics from the University of Surrey in 2002.  Kathy currently has her own consultancy business in the field of Occupational Health and Ergonomics and is the Education Officer for ACPOHE.

Cost - 1 day course - ACPOHE members £150, Non members £210.  Lunch is not included. Participants will need to bring lunch (it's a cashless site).  Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Venue and Location - Cadbury World Birmingham.  Site address: Occupational Health, Linden 2, Bournville Lane, Bournville, Birmingham B30 2LU.   There is a visitors carpark which can be used : Corner of Franklin Way/ Mary Vale Road, Bournville, Birmingham, B30 2LU.

From the visitors car park please walk down the hill (Franklin Way) and to Bournville Lane.  Cross over Bournville lane, turn left and Bournville Place is on the right.  Here you will sign in and be taken up to Occupational Health.

Date - Friday 15th March 2019

Time - 09.00 until 17.00 (registration from 08.30)

Confirmation Date - 1st March 2019

For further information or any administrative queries please contact ACPOHE@buryphysio.co.uk