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Pre-conference Workshops - Monday, March 16

Take advantage of the opportunity to enhance your skills and boost your learning by participating in a pre-conference workshop. Learn from experienced practitioners who will address your concerns about ergonomics. They are open to all registered conference attendees and require a separate fee.

8 a.m. – Noon

Ergo 101: The Basics of Ergonomics
Gary Allread, Institute for Ergonomics, The Ohio State University, Kerith Stender, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Continuing an Applied Ergonomics Conference tradition of offering conference registrants a low-cost, high-quality seminar, this session is intended to help those who are new to the ergonomics discipline, have ergonomics responsibilities or need a refresher on ergonomics principles. This workshop will provide an introduction to fundamental ergonomics concepts, emphasize the identification of risk factors and provide an overview of the elements of effective ergonomics processes. Examples and case studies from a variety of industrial settings will be reviewed, as will those pertaining to office ergonomics issues.

Medical Causation
Vic Zuccarello, Bio-Ergonomics Inc.

The role that healthcare providers fill in industry continues to expand as insurance companies, attorneys, physicians and employers realize the unique combination of skills that occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses and other heath disciplines bring to the table. Especially true with OTs and PTs, few professions combine the principles of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and task analysis in the same way these occupations do in day-to-day practice. The applied distillation of all of these skills, when combined with workers’ compensation law, is increasingly called into practice when the healthcare provider performs an ergonomics assessment in a case involving medical causation. This presentation describes the healthcare provider’s role in this process and outlines the manner in which these assessments are performed.

Cart Design, Testing, and Policy
Keith White and Abraham Robledo, Lennox International, Larry McAdam, Ford Motor Company

Product movement, especially for part delivery, is often performed manually with a cart. This workshop explores manual movement considerations for cart design, periodic testing and guideline/policy implementation. Included in the workshop:

  • Handle selection, handle height, castor selection and design review 
  • Using the Snook-Ciriello tables to know your push/pull limits 
  • Cart checks including periodic retest and daily checks 
  • Developing a facility cart guideline or implementing as a policy  

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

BCPE Exam Prep - What to Expect on the Revised Exam
Sheree Gibson, Ergonomics Applications

This workshop will better prepare you to pass exams given by the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics. It will provide an introduction to the new BCPE Ergonomist Formation Model, which is the basis for the body of knowledge necessary to become certified as an ergonomics or human factors professional. During this workshop, the instructor will provide a description of the required and elective elements of the formation model. She will also provide a review of exam format and emphasize two areas that often present problems for candidates: statistics and design. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and discuss the example questions.

Leadership in Ergonomics: Over Coming the Hurdles of an Ergonomics Program
Davana Pilczuk and Kevin Barefield, Gulfstream Aerospace

Most ergonomics programs focus on the analytical processes needed to conduct job evaluations, implement solutions, and prioritize ergo projects and find budgets to fund projects. What most people are not taught are the hidden strategies that make these initiatives move more smoothly. Leadership skills provide you with the fundamentals of how to sell your program and actually get traction and forward movement. This pre-conference workshop will provide you with the structure needed to make your ergonomics program highly successful. You will learn four key strategies often lacking in programs that can actually move your program to the next level regardless of if you are a beginner or have had an established program.

Available Ergonomic Assessment Tools and Their Application
Jean (Neely) Ketzler and Richard Sesek, Auburn University

Many times ergonomic assessment is tasked to persons with limited ergonomics experience. This is a hands-on session to teach novice and intermediate practitioners additional ergonomic assessment skills. Many different ergonomic assessment tools will be presented that are used to assess risks in the workplace. A combination of pre-recorded tasks and interactive activities will be used to demonstrate the use of the tools. Users will be guided in the selection of ergonomic assessment tools to evaluate a variety of jobs. The most commonly used ergonomic assessment tools as well as emerging tools will be addressed. Online and mobile versions of many assessment tools will also be considered.