Ergonomic Training for Seafood Processing Workers

Seafood processing companies can bring free ergonomic safety training to their processing employees in 2019. AMSEA has received a Susan Harwood grant from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) to provide this training to employees at U.S. seafood processing plants, at no charge to the employer.

Ergonomics, the science of designing jobs, work processes, and tools to to better fit the human body, can help your employees work more efficiently, more safely, and with less effort. Poor ergonomic practices cost companies money through inefficiency, lost productivity, absenteeism, and workers compensation claims. AMSEA's ergonomic safety training can help your employees learn to work more efficiently, more safely, and reduce work-related injuries.

Ergonomic Training for Seafood Processing Workers is a roughly hour-long training, lead by an AMSEA instructor at your processing facility. We'll work with you to find a date and time that fits your schedule. Your workers will learn:

  • How to reduce stress on the body that can result from seafood processing tasks;

  • How to identify risk factors for ergonomic hazards in the workplace;

  • Exercises and stretches that help prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs);

  • Tool design and selection and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help prevent MSDs.

The training is delivered using participatory methods that demonstrate ergonomic concepts and strengthening and stretching exercises. The training materials are graphic rich, with pictures and drawings showing good or poor ergonomic practices. Each worker will receive a Pocket Guide to Ergonomics,  in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, or Tagalog, a reference they can keep. The pocket guide illustrates the ergonomic concepts presented in the training and exercises and stretches that can help prevent injuries. AMSEA will also provide your plant with "reminder" posters in English, Spanish, and Tagalog, illustrating good ergonomic practises.


Since 2013, AMSEA has trained more than 5,000 seafood processors and commercial fishermen how to avoid work-related injuries using ergonomic principles. AMSEA’s ergonomic safety training is effective and well received by workers:

  • 98% of workers recommend the training to others.

  • Testing demonstrates that workers increase their knowledge and skills of ergonomics by 25%.

  • Worker comments include, “will change the way I work with tools and weights…” and “will change the way I use my wrists…”

  • Supervisor comments include, “I can train my employees how to do their jobs safer;”

  • Most seafood processing companies have invited AMSEA back year after year.

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are a leading cause for work-related injuries and time loss among seafood workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you would like to help reduce time-loss injuries at your processing facility through ergonomic training, please call Emma Edson at (907) 747-3287 or click the button below.

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