RIBA CPD & talks programme

Ocee Ergonomics provide RIBA accredited CPD courses written and presented by highly qualified independent experts in both ergonomic workplace and acoustic topics. To book any of our courses or to find out about our next RIBA CPD programme please contact ergonomics@oceedesign.com or telephone 01604 674674.

CPD Courses

Office Design and the Science of Movement

The CPD covers the latest scientific thinking in relation to what and how much movement is required within the office to help maintain health. We also consider how the offices we work in can facilitate normal everyday movement to aid long term health.

Learning objectives:

  • Design solutions for offices based on current research.
  • Lack of movement lifestyle risks
  • How modern technology and office design has robbed us of normal everyday movements
  • The misleading assumption that standing may be better for you than sitting
  • How using gravity can keep us keep healthy and independent into old age
  • The importance of Non-Exercise Activity
  • Thermogenesis (NEAT) and its relation to office design
  • What happens within our body at a cellular level when we do not move
  • Exercise alone may not be enough if you sit or stand still all day

Approximate time: 1 hour

Presenter: Stephen Bowden BSc (Hons) C.EerHF CIEHF EurErg

Office Acoustics

Learning objectives:

  • Why we should address acoustics in office environments
  • The research
  • The human response to sound
  • The basic measures of sound that influence the quality of acoustics in offices
  • Speech intelligibility vs speech privacy
  • What do the standards say about good design
  • The A, B and C of acoustics – how we solve the problem
  • What the results are following refurbishment

Approximate time: 1 hour

Presenter: Rosalind Lambert-Porter MSc MIOA MIED MISCE

Acoustics - Debunking the myths

Learning objectives:

  • Why we should address acoustics in office environments
  • The human response to sound
  • The basic measures of sound that influence the quality of acoustics in offices
  • What do the standards say about good design
  • The A, B and C of acoustics – how we solve the problem
  • What needs to be in place for good office acoustics design

Approximate time: 1 hour

Presenter: Rosalind Lambert-Porter MSc MIOA MIED MISCE

Ergonomics and workplace evolution

Learning objectives:

  • To provide an overview of the importance of applying ergonomics in the design of modern workplaces
  • Understand the advantages of good ergonomics in workspace design
  • How working in offices has evolved
  • Identify opportunities to improve workspaces
  • Highlight ergonomic solutions for improved workspace design
  • The future of office design

Approximate time: 1 hour

Presenter: Raazin Osman BSc (Hons) SHEM DIP CErgHF CIEHF CMIOSH

Wellbeing and productivity at work

Learning objectives:

  • To understand the importance of how employees are distracted from their work tasks
  • To understand the business costs and impact on productivity
  • To understand wellbeing and its connection with productivity
  • To understand the cost of absenteeism and presenteesim
  • To understand different forms of distraction that affect wellbeing and productivity

Approximate time: 1 hour

Presenter: Stephen Bowden BSc (Hons) CEerHF CIEHF EurErg

Musculoskeletal symptoms in office environments

Learning objectives:

  • To gain understanding & appreciation of the pathophysiology of musculoskeletal symptoms
  • To define neutral and none neutral postures and their relation to musculoskeletal symptoms
  • To highlight the hidden cost of presenteeism caused by musculoskeletal symptoms
  • To understand the cost of absenteeism and presenteesim
  • Identify the factors that influence common musculoskeletal symptoms and their prevention subjective wellbeing
  • To highlight that need to be considered to prevent musculoskeletal symptoms

Approximate time: 1 hour

Presenter: James Bowden MCSP MSOMM

Ocee Design Talk Series

Psychoacoustics And Wellbeing At Work

This talk explains why taking acoustics into account in a work environment important to our health and wellbeing. We will also consider how we should be designing our work spaces to optimise our performance.

Learning objectives:

  • What does the research say about how noise impacts our performance in the workplace
  • The human response to sound and why certain sounds affect us more than others
  • Noise level vs Intelligibility – what really matters?
  • A new way of quantifying open plan acoustics and how to use it
  • Methods for creating a good acoustic environment in offices

Approximate time: 1 hour including time for questions

Presenter: Rosalind Lambert-Porter MSc MIOA MIED MInstSCE

Assumptions And How They Affect Our Decision Making

A quick look at the three topics in terms of how they affect our decision making and the decision making of our clients.

Learning objectives:

  • To help us make better informed decisions
  • To consider and allow for the human condition when designing and pitching ideas

Approximate time: 25-30 minutes

Presenter: Claire Williams

Are We Happy At Work

Discusses what makes a productive workforce and take some of those elements, in particular social connections to look at how we can encourage more social interaction. Particular attention is paid to the ‘Proximity Theory’ and how it has been embraced by some of the largest organisations to create more effective work spaces.

Approximate time: 25-30 minutes

Presenter: Claire Williams

A Beginners Guide To Acoustics

To consider how we feel about sound, both good and bad

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding that sound is highly subjective
  • Learn about the types of sound and the different paths sound takes
  • The most common noise issues experienced at work and how to tackle them
  • What Ocee can do to help
  • An overview of the Ocee acoustic product offering and examples of how they have been used

Approximate time: 25-30 minutes

Presenter: Claire Williams

Our Journey Towards The Future Workplace

Where are we heading, what is fueling the journey and how we can keep up with the pace. To consider the technology of tomorrow and how it will impact on the how, where and when of working.

Approximate time: 25-30 minutes

Presenter: Claire Williams

Don't Stand So Close To Me Why Space And Territory Matter

The talk looks at the importance of considering Proxemics and Territoriality when designing work places. Proxemics is one of five non-verbal communication theories that explains how people perceive and use space to achieve communication goals. Territoriality is applying that theory to places.

We then consider how to create more people focused spaces that encourage communication, reduce invasion of personal space and support productivity.

Approximate time: 25-30 minutes

Presenter: Claire Williams

Foundation Courses

A series of Foundation Courses are also provided including DSE (Display Screen Equipment) Assessor Training and acoustic assessment instruction. In fact, all of Ocee Ergonomics’ partners undergo our Foundation training before they are accredited to offer our services.

  • Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Assessor Training
  • Wellbeing in the workplace
  • Postural Awareness to reduce musculoskeletal disorders
  • How to conduct risk assessments?
  • Walk though workstation set up training for end users
  • Workstation set up for end users
  • Ergonomics and space planning

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