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
101: The Basics of Ergonomics
Gary Allread, Institute for
Ergonomics, The Ohio State University, Kerith Stender, Los Alamos National
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.
Vic Zuccarello, Bio-Ergonomics Inc.
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.
Design, Testing, and Policy
Keith White and Abraham
Robledo, Lennox International, Larry McAdam, Ford Motor Company
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.
Exam Prep - What to Expect on the Revised Exam
Sheree Gibson, Ergonomics
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.
in Ergonomics: Over Coming the Hurdles of an Ergonomics Program
Davana Pilczuk and Kevin
Barefield, Gulfstream Aerospace
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
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.