Thursday, January 9, 2 p.m. Eastern time | Register nowPresenters: Laura Lapidus, risk control consulting director of CNA, and Josh Kerst, vice president and ergonomics engineer for Humantech
This webinar features two presentations previewing content at the Applied Ergonomics Conference 2014, which will be held in Orlando, Fla., in March.
The ADA in the Workplace: Where Does Ergonomics Fit In? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) require that employers provide reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees who are qualified individuals with disabilities, unless doing so would be an undue hardship. Ergonomics can assist employers in accommodating disabled employees with various disabilities, ranging from muscular-skeletal disabilities to chronic diseases such as lupus and multiple sclerosis. The course will discuss some of the important definitions and provisions in the ADA and ADAAA, focusing on what connstitutes reasonable accommodation under the law. We will focus on the role of ergonomics at various stages of the application, hiring and employment process.
The Ten Commandments of Ergonomic DesignWhat we see as "ergonomics problems" are, in most cases, rooted in the design of equipment and manufacturing processes. While safety and health professionals must manage the unfortunate outcomes of these design issues – injury and illness, it is the engineering function that can ultimately fix the issue. This session will explore the ten essential ergonomic design principles to prevent the conditions which caused the injuries and prevent them from being repeated. Both good and bad examples of these design principles will be examined in real-world examples along with their impact on safety, quality, delivery and cost (SQDC) through case examples.
Laura Lapidus, is a risk control consulting director for CNA, managing the development and delivery of employment practices risk control products and services. She has more than 19 years of experience in employment law, including 10 years managing employment practices claims for other insurance carriers. She also served as in-house employment counsel for a nationwide restaurant company and for the Internal Revenue Service, and practiced at a litigation boutique focusing on employment law and commercial litigation. She is admitted to practice in New York.Josh Kerst, CPE, CIE, Vice President and Ergonomics Engineer for Humantech (Ann Arbor, MI) has served over the last 25 years as lead project consultant for hundreds of ergonomic assessments, training courses and design projects. As Humantech’s resident futurist, Josh challenges Humantech with new ways of thinking and approaching workforce strategies that embrace the changing world of work. Josh obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.