Session Summary

The aging work population today are experiencing increasing incidences of life-changing disabilities associated with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), obesity, stress, poor nutrition and lack of exercise. This trend has become exacerbated by challenges of working remotely from home. Resolving these complex problems requires an equally life-changing integrative approach. In this webinar, an integrated approach utilizing behavioral-based ergonomics, wellness interventions, and ADA and EEOC-compliant physical ability testing will be addressed. Behavioral-based ergonomics involves increasing compliance with ergonomic and wellness interventions by helping employees understand: 1.) causes of MSDs and most disabling illnesses, 2.) physiological effects of ergonomics and wellness interventions, 3.) how lifestyle changes improve health, and 4.) harmful consequences of non-compliance and poor lifestyles. The presenters, Dr. Richard Bunch, and Mr. Trevor Bardarson, licensed and orthopedic board certified physical therapists and certified behavioral-based ergonomic specialists, will share over 50 years of combined field and clinical experience applying “behavioral-based” ergonomic programs and physical ability tests (PATs) to industries. They will explain work-related (office and field) and lifestyle causes of the most common types MSDs and illnesses affecting the workforce today. This will be followed by descriptions of how to apply optimum injury and illness interventions, improve safety by properly selecting and accommodating employees, and improve employee compliance with recommended interventions. Attendees will come away from this webinar with better knowledge about preventing injuries, improving health, increasing job engagement, and maximizing productivity for aging, deconditioned, and remote workers. So do not miss this dynamic webinar that will not only be life-changing for your organization’s employees, but for yourself as well! Learning Objectives: 1. Provide physiological explanations that motivate employee compliance to prevent injuries and improve health. 2. Apply behavioral-based ergonomic interventions and lifestyle changes to prevent injuries and improve health. 3. Apply ADA and EEOC-compliant physical ability tests to properly job match and accommodate employees.

Presented by:
Trevor Bardarson PT, OCS, CBES
WorkSaver Employee Testing Systems LLC

Richard Bunch, PhD, PT, CBES
WorkSaver Systems & ISR Institute, Inc. and Adjunct Associate Professor at Tulane

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Session Summary

Can you afford another injury? Ergonomic injuries are expected to increase by 16% in the next 12-18 months. Employers in every industry are looking ahead to a changing landscape when it comes to working. An aging workforce, more employees working remotely, and new external stressors will all play a role in ergonomic safety. As a result, many safety leaders are preparing for new challenges and bolstering their safety programming with an increased focus on ergonomics, mental health and wellness. With workers’ compensation costs always rising, a single claim can drain tens of thousands of dollars from an employer’s budget, not to mention the operational obstacles that come with absenteeism and reduced productivity from chronic ergonomic pain.

Presented by:
Kevin Lombardo
President and CEO
DORN Companies

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When it comes to measuring your ergonomic program, too often, organizations collect data and stop. The effectiveness of progress and program success is contingent on how an organization uses the collected data to make strategic decisions.

With proper data collection and interpretation, organizations can improve ergonomic risk mitigation, increase employee engagement, allocate resources more efficiently, and ultimately reduce costs while improving outcomes.

In this webinar, we will discuss:

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Presented by:
Asha Thompson
Client Program Coordinator
Briotix Health

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Millennials will be 75% of the workforce population by 2025. This engaging expert led discussion panel will discuss stereotypes of millennials, and how we can use millennial stereotypical behaviors to benefit the workplace. Hear from ergonomists and workplace specialists around the globe on their experience working with millennials, trends and their best practices around identifying problems and offering solutions that millennials will grasp on to and embrace change.

Learning Objectives:

Presented by:
Sarah Snable, R. Kin, CCPE
Certified Professional Ergonomist & Co-Owner

Lisa Schuiteboer-Shuler, MS, CEAS
Ergonomic Category Manager

Lillian Antonio
Ergonomics Consultant
The Modern Ergonomist

Rachel Mitchell, CCPE , R. Kin
Managing Ergonomist & RTW Consultant
Ergo, Inc

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The nature of the field of ergonomics is rapidly changing. Emerging technologies such as wearable sensors, computer-vision, and artificial intelligence are being integrated into how companies, ergonomists, and ergonomics teams evaluate their workplaces and make informed decisions based on data. This webinar will provide a “high-level” overview of how some of these technology solutions are being utilized and the future potential of these technologies for ergonomics practitioners.

At the completion of this training, participants will be able to:

Presented by:
Jeff Hoyle

Director of Ergonomics Services
The Ergonomics Center

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Session Summary

Our emerging era in Tele-Work, Tele-Health and Tele-Ed coincides with the expanding international definition of Human Factors and Ergonomics. In the 21st century, Physical, Cognitive and Organizational Human Factors must all be at the forefront of an up-to-date Ergonomist’s mind. New patterns to address these multivariate opportunities are emerging – just in time to address remote work realities of the modern millennium.

In this course, attendees will learn easy-to-use, easy-to-teach Cognitive, Physical and Behavioral Techniques to benefit the personal self and the qualified client. Practical tools from the flood of neuroscience literature connecting the mind and body in ever-more effective ways are built-in to this live, interactive experience.

Practice and apply the learned information, and be prepared to perform a Remote Metronomic Breathwork progression with future clients.

Formulate and utilize the studied material, and be equipped to execute a Remote Embodied Cognition progression using ancient martial arts techniques.

Explain and relate approaches that address US DOL BLS Macro-Ergonomic Exposure Trends by using The International Ergonomic Association’s Meso-Ergonomic interventions.

Presented by:
Matt Jeffs, DPT PSM REAS
Principal Faculty
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Safety Management Professor
Ergonomic Specialist Educator

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With the use of technology, Ergonomists or other EHS professionals may have a bevy of data at their fingertips, but is it the right data to get the right information to translate into knowledge? Or, are you left information-poor? Discussed during this presentation will be what good and bad visualization of data looks like, and the challenges of having too little or too much.

Participants will learn:

Presented by:
Kent Hatcher, CPE

Senior Global Account Executive


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An Evidence Based Injury Prevention Solution to Combating WMSD’s in the Workplace. Posture, Pain and Performance

The signs of an injury are there long before the symptoms begin. Growing evidence is correlating the increased risk of injury to poor postures and limited movement patterns. While most safety and ergonomic interventions focus on limiting the exposures of excessive movements and awkward postures, it is critical to acknowledge and improve the necessity of proper human movement and functional capabilities of your employees. In this workshop we will explore the complexities of human movement and how you and your employees most likely have underlying movement limitations that strongly contribute to the increased risk of pain, injury, and extended recovery periods. We will explore some of the case studies and research that support these claims. You will participate in the simple six step ACM Movement Pattern Assessment and the proven corrective exercise approach that is the foundation to combating the increased risk of WMSDs in the workplace.

Presented by:
Michael Gee
Author and Founder of Pro Fit Ergonomic Solutions and ACM 360 PRO

Every Movement Matters: How Changing Posture and Movement Habits can Reduce Injuries

Poor posture and improper movement are becoming more common in the workplace. The result leads to musculoskeletal conditions that can be prevented. De-valuing posture, the introduction of mobile devices, and the lack of training on proper biomechanics have all contributed to this epidemic. Every movement matters. We can change posture and movement habits to reduce injuries. Alicia Crelinsten is a certified athletic therapist, athletic trainer, and strength and conditioning specialist. She has worked with team Canada at the Olympics, Cirque du Soleil as a therapist on the Performance Medicine team, and countless industrial athletes and office workers. She founded ReAlign Consulting to help provide injury prevention solutions. Her work with clients bridges the gap between high performance sport and a high performance life.

Presented by:
Alicia Crelinsten
Founder of Realign Consulting

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Telephonic Nurse Triage and Early Intervention: Strategies to Help the Safety Manager Control Recordable MSD’s

Not all work-related musculoskeletal discomfort or injuries need to convert to OSHA recordable claims. Timely assessment with guidance, reassurance, and OSHA-accepted first aid care/early intervention (EI), often resolve concerns without additional medical care. Triage telephone contact with a registered nurse removes care decision making from supervisors, reassures employees, and initiates this timely care of ice and OTC anti-inflammatories, which are reasonable MSD first aid care. Other cases may need face-to-face assessment within 24 hours for hands on evaluation, adding use of elastic tape, massage, and stretching. We will highlight the successful scaled onsite EI service for American Packaging Corporation and how closely working with site safety managers contained progression of concerns. Progression to add telephonic nurse triage and at clinic EI further benefited this leading multi-site flexible packaging converter control MSD claims in a cost-effective way.

Presented by:
Jim Withers
Corporate EHS Director
American Packaging Corporation

Curt DeWeese
Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions

On-Site Early Intervention Programs 2.0 - Transforming a Reactive Culture to one of Proactive Education at Tennant Company

Onsite Early Intervention 2.0 focuses on our move to proactive education from the top down in an organization. The main focus being to equip leadership at the supervisor level with tools and education to be proactive versus reactive. This includes training on such things as: hazard identification, accident investigation, understanding and identifying what a high-risk employee is and what high-risk activities are, as well as when to engage with on-Site injury prevention specialists and use their expertise, and much more. We have a comprehensive playbook that gives our leaders a way to problem solve with a goal of acting before the problem actually comes to fruition. The plan is process driven, but is behavior focused. We focus on the employee and what they’re doing, but then the leader has strategic planning that surrounds a single point lesson which allows discussion, understand employee perspective, and get away from reacting to things that have already happened.

Presented by:
Casey Philipp
Environmental Health and Safety Manager
Tennant Company

Tiffany Vreeman, PT, MPT, C.W.C.
Physical Therapist & Executive Vice President
On-Site Solutions Physical Therapy

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Strategic Considerations for Developing an Ergonomics Program

Because no two companies are identical, it is important to avoid relying on generic or boilerplate ergonomics programs and to strategically align your ergonomics program elements to fit your organization’s culture and needs. Using experience gleaned over decades of working with unique circumstances, our presentation will highlight many specific situations and discuss various customized program solutions that have proven successful. We will discuss 3 directions for starting ergonomics program and 8 key components for existing programs to use as a “self-check” tool to identify areas of needed improvement. Be prepared to connect your company’s specific situation to customized solutions that will result in a highly successful ergonomics process.

Presented by:
Brock Anderson
Owner & Principal Ergonomist

Physical Demand Gap Analysis - The Bridge Between High-Performance Workforce and Peak-Safety Workplace

In the early 1990’s, Title I of the ADA gave us the mandate to examine job title essential functions, so we could better bridge the gaps between our workforce and their work tasks. This mandate materialized in advanced Physical Demand Analysis (PDA). By gathering job-specific data, we can better find leading indicators between our work and workforce before injuries arise. Through streamlined PDA screening, we can eliminate exposures when 1) onboarding new talent, 2) evaluating incumbent talent, and 3) recovering RTW talent. Learn how these time-tested methods fit neatly into a Lean Continuous Improvement model. The results are both superior workforce performance and peak workplace safety.

Presented by:
Matt Jeffs
Summit Professional Education


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