Venue: Garden City College Auditorium

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Event Date/Time: Sep 20, 2008 End Date/Time: Sep 21, 2008
Registration Date: Jul 15, 2008
Early Registration Date: Jul 01, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Aug 15, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Aug 30, 2008
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Need for the Course:

Few educational opportunities for specialized training in Ergonomics exist for Medical Professionals in India, especially through workshops or short term courses, which do not require professionals to undertake 2 year or 3 year full-time courses in Ergonomics.

With rapidly increasing industrialisation in India, especially in the sectors of Information Technology and IT Enabled Services, Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders are spiraling upwards. Preliminary results of RECOUP’s ongoing study of over 30,000 Indian IT professionals (2001-2008) found that 75% reported musculoskeletal symptoms related to work; 55% got injured within a year of starting their first job.

There is an acute shortage of qualified and experienced Ergonomics Professionals in India for providing consultancy to the Industry.

The overall medical care for clients with Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders will be enhanced if the medical professionals who treat them are also trained in Ergonomics.

Course Objectives:

Understand the pathogenesis and risk factors for work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSD).

Further their knowledge of the biomechanical, anatomical as well as physiological issues involved.

Undertake risk assessments for these disorders in work situations.

Understand prevention strategies and be able to implement the same.

Understand the current concepts in diagnosis and medical management of WRMSD


Administrators, facility managers, employees, ergonomists, occupational health and safety personnel, physical and occupational therapists, and physicians


This conference will employ a unique case discussion format of assessment ad management of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders. The conference will only deal with the practical aspects of the ergonomic assessment and management that professionals can adopt in their daily clinical practice.

Registration Fees:

Professionals: Rs. 1200 (till July 31, 2007); Rs. 1500 (after August 31, 2007)
Students and Parents/Care givers: Rs.500 (till August 31, 2007); Rs. 750 (after August 31, 2007)

Pre-conference Workshop
Professionals – Rs. 3000 (Till July 31, 2008) / Rs. 4000/- (After July 31, 2008)
Students – Rs. 2000 (Till July 31, 2008) / Rs. 3000/- (After July 31, 2008)

Spot Registrations will be subject to availability of places Add Rs. 40 for outstation cheques

Limited affordable accommodation available on first come first serve basis

Pre-conference Workshop: Musculoskeletal Risk Assessment

Dates: Friday, September 19, 2008 9:30 am to 6:00 pm


Ms. Daniela Colombini, Milano, Italy (member of a reputed Ergonomics Group that has developed the OCRA and MAPO methods, and author of several papers and books on Ergonomics)

Eminent National Faculty

Topics Covered:

Musculoskeletal risk assessment of biomechanical overload of upper limbs with OCRA method

Musculoskeletal risk assessment of biomechanical overload in manual material handing with NIOSH formula

Clinical methods to evaluate the musculoskeletal damage using specific software to easily do epidemiological studies

Musculoskeletal risk assessment of biomechanical overload on manual handling of patients with the MAPO method

Advanced task analysis techniques (OWAS/RULA)

Fees : Professionals – Rs. 3000 (Till July 31, 2008) / Rs. 4000/- (After July 31, 2008)
: Students – Rs. 2000 (Till July 31, 2008) / Rs. 3000/- (After July 31, 2008)
Seats : 40 Seats (Limited seats available on first come first serve basis)


Keynote address: Recent Advances in Musculoskeletal risk assessment Ms. Daniela Colombini

A 30 years old lady complains of right side neck pain, pain and numbness on the right hand for the last 6 months, which is not reducing even after taking off from work for a week of time
A Marketing executive of 35 years of age, laptop user with regular meeting in a day complains for neck pain and bilateral tingling and numbness, upper back pain, sleep disturbance and generalized weakness

A scientist of 25 years of age with 3 years of experience working 8 hours a day with microscope and a dual monitor computer complains of neck pain, giddiness and upper back pain for last 3 weeks

A professional guitarist and a Radio Jockey (RJ) complains of upper limb pain, numbness, generalized low back pain, pain on the lower legs, and disturbed sleep for the last 6 months
Work station modification at an office where people are in shift system with dual monitors with data entry job, working 8 hours a day with a fixed desktop, keyboard tray without mouse tray

Prevalence, risk factors and symptoms of work related musculoskeletal disorders. A cross sectional study of Indian computer professionals
Cost Effectiveness of Ergonomics and RSI Programme in IT Companies


Ms. Daniela Colombini, Eminent National Faculty, Milano, Italy
Ms. Lucia Pigini, Milano, Italy
Mr Natale Battevi, Milano, Italy
Dr Deepak Sharan, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon & Rehabilitation Specialist, RECOUP, Bangalore
Biju Nirmal Jacob, Physiotherapist, RECOUP, Bangalore
Ajeesh PS, Physiotherapist, RECOUP, Bangalore


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