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Session Summary

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

Presentation slides can be downloaded here.

 

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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
Director
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

Presentation slides can be downloaded here.

 

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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
Ergo-ology

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

 

Presentation slides can be downloaded here.

 

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Developing a Targeted and Flexible Ergonomics Program

This session will present a strategic approach that is being used to expand Cargill’s ergonomics program from 40 locations to over 400. This expansion will introduce the program to diverse businesses, risks, and resources, and will require an approach that is flexible and targeted to achieve its goals. This process is being presented at the very beginning of implementation, providing insight into the planning and decisions that are being made, and the work that will be done to build the program over the next few years. The process will be presented in a fashion that will allow the attendee to transfer the concepts to a single location, a small set of locations, or broader applications.

Presented by:
David Brodie
Ergonomist Lead NA Health & Safety Domain
Cargill

ErgoExpo 2021 – See You in Las Vegas! 

The National Ergonomics Conference & Expo will be at Paris, Las Vegas on November 2-5, 2021. The request for papers is now open, and this session will highlight our focus for the event. Dr. Alan Hedge, conference chair, will highlight our goals for keynotes, and Rachel Michael and David Brodie, conference co-chairs will discuss the content of the tracks, including the new track on Advances in Ergonomics Technology.

Presented by:
Dr. Alan Hedge
ErgoExpo Conference Chair

David Brodie
ErgoExpo Conference Co-Chair

Rachel Michael
ErgoExpo Conference Co-Chair

Presentation slides can be downloaded here.

 

Session Summary

Application of Digital Humans in Workstation Design

Over the past 60 years, major advances in anthropometry and biomechanics have gradually reduced reliance on inadequate human-system integration efforts. This is particularly evident in the application of Digital Human Modeling (DHM). DHM can be defined as a technique of simulating human interaction between anatomically correct humans (avatars or mannequins) and scaled environments. DHM is facilitating proactive development efforts for system and process design from conception to implementation by providing insight into human-system discrepancies. Today, there are a number of commercially available DHM software packages that help designers, engineers, and ergonomists capture these discrepancies.

This presentation will cover a brief overview of Santos Human, a DHM tool created in 2003 by the University of Iowa’s Virtual Soldier Research (VSR) Program, and how BSI has utilized this tool to support client's ergonomic efforts in a number of industries.

Presented by:
Gus Arroyo
Associate Consultant
BSI

Stuck in the Box: Challenges in Glovebox Ergonomics

Gloveboxes are containment workspaces that are designed to allow a worker to manipulate objects where a separate atmosphere is desired. They present inherent ergonomic challenges as most of their physical features are non-adjustable. Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) Plutonium Facility has over 300 gloveboxes in use today with 400 glovebox workers performing manufacturing work inside gloveboxes for most of their work days. As a result, LANL’s ergonomics team has a specialized glovebox functional area to mitigate ergonomic risks that gloveboxes present. This presentation will focus on how a specialty ergonomics program like glovebox ergonomics can come to be established, starting from recognizing ergonomic issues in gloveboxes to maintaining a steady productive program. Some engineering solutions and worker trainings developed through this glovebox ergonomics program will also be shared in this presentation.

Presented by:
Martha Chan
Ergonomist
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Presentation slides can be downloaded here.

 

Session Summary

Utilizing Wearable Technology: Athletic Trainers & Worker Engagement

This presentation will discuss ways employers can use wearable technology to identify leading injury risk indicators and develop effective interventions, including the deployment of athletic trainers to engage at-risk employees in the prevention and management of work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Utilizing Wearable Technology: Distribution Center Risk Mitigation

A large beverage distribution company was consistently seeing their injury totals rise within their manual material handling positions. They knew that they needed to make a change and were seeking an innovative and comprehensive program that would help to identify where their injury risks were coming from and provide a pathway forward to mitigate those issues in the future. After researching different options, they settled on a wearable sensor that monitored back postures and provided some haptic feedback to improve employee awareness. Through the use of this sensor, they developed a data driven injury prevention service utilizing sensors to improve employee awareness, identify risks, and improved the effectiveness and efficiency of their job coaching and training in the process.

Speakers

Bryan Reich
Director, Industrial Athlete Programs
WorkCare, Inc.

Nick Magana
Ergonomics Program Manager
SoCal Edison

Kelson Wann, MS ATC, FMS
Solutions Advisor - Innovation & Consulting
Briotix Health’s Ergonomics

Presentation slides can be downloaded here.

 

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The Real Challenges of Home Working for the Global Workforce

In this talk Jon Abbott and Bill Pace of Cardinus bring together data and anecdotal lessons from the global pandemic to discuss the practical challenge of ergonomics and health in home working for the interconnected yet globally dispersed workforce. Tackling issues of regulation and compliance, the cultural, technological and society differences, and how different organizations and governments have responded to the pandemic, Jon and Bill will address how organizations can support home workers and meet the real challenges that they face, wherever they’re based.

Office Ergonomics Training — How to Do An Assessment

This program is to provide the tools and education for Management and Trainers to do an assessment, as well as educating employees with an understanding of setting up themselves in the optimal position, sitting or standing. This will address sit-stand workstations, and uses of equipment. How do to an assessment and what concerns can arise. This is not a program on solving issues by just "purchasing equipment," but provides guidelines and suggestions in selecting equipment. Also covered is concerns in healthcare settings.

Speakers

Jon Abbott
Director of Sales & Marketing
Cardinus Risk Management Ltd.

Bill Pace
President
Cardinus, LLC

Mark Yen
Risk Control Consultant
Monarch Insurance Services, Inc.

Presentation slides can be downloaded here.

 

Session Summary

This presentation is for anyone responsible for establishing, improving, or managing company ergonomics processes for their employer. It focuses on the five essential elements any successful, sustainable program should include: 1) Clear process for reducing ergonomics risk in ongoing operations 2) Clear process for ensuring ergonomics acceptability of new tools and equipment 3) Consistent worker involvement in identifying both ergonomics issues and effective countermeasures 4) Systematic linkages to continuous improvement initiatives (such as lean production or six sigma) 5) Appropriate responsibilities for everyone involved in the company ergonomics process. Dr. Budnick will share his experience and a variety of resources attendees can use to plan, launch, or accelerate ergonomics process improvements in their own companies.

Too many large organizations have launched an ergonomics process only to have it fizzle when the business climate and direction changes, when key participants roll-over, or when the low-hanging, easy fixes have been completed. Failure to initiate and maintain an effective process can result in loss of credibility and trust by employees and management, wasted resources, and poor results. The key to long-term success in ergonomics is to build a strong foundation with solid planning. This session will review the critical elements of establishing and deploying a large-scale workplace ergonomics process to prevent the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. Based on real-world experience, proven management practices, and data mined from hundreds of successful programs, this session will give participants a roadmap to follow year-by-year. We’ll discuss goal setting, implementation, design guidelines for engineers, tackling capital projects, program expansion, and more.

Speakers

Dr. Peter Budnick
Founder and President
ErgoWeb

Jeff Sanford
Director of Consulting
VelocityEHS/Humantech

Presentation slides can be downloaded here.

 

Session Summary

Healthcare workers continue to experience one of the highest injury rates in the nation. Developing and implementing solutions is made difficult by obstacles unique to this work environment. To address the situation, Tenet Health, one of the nation’s largest hospital groups, implemented a comprehensive program that includes a safe patient handling solution to reduce injury risk exposure but also focuses on managing the first report of an injury, communicating with the employee, and active transitional duty to help effectively manage injuries when they occur. The presentation will include components of a successful program, discuss key participants and their roles, and share outcomes including reduced cost and lost time.

Compassion fatigue, burnout, and work/life balance wear heavily on healthcare professionals and cause them to leave the profession early and permanently. Coupled with heavy caseloads, limited control, long duty hours, and the reduced opportunity for sleep, these factors can lead to fatigue-related errors and injury. This session will discuss the impact of overtime on occupational injury rates, illness, and errors, and provide a review of the literature on psychological and physiological stress and their effects on sleep and fatigue. The session will also look at overtime management programs and the health effects from work schedules. Lastly, it will review Fatigue Countermeasures Programs for Nurses (FCMPN).

Speakers

Curt DeWeese
Director
Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions

Tricia Finley
Manager Workers’ Compensation/Auto
Tenet Health

Kathy Espinoza
AVP, Ergonomics & Safety
Keenan and Associates

Presentation slides can be downloaded here.

 

Session Summary

Recent evidence has demonstrated that musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) may be the result of a fatigue failure process, where repetitions at higher forces are much more damaging to tissues than repetitions at lower stresses. Fortunately, fatigue failure theory provides methods that are very useful in terms of estimating this risk of MSDs, and can even easily combine the risks associated with multiple tasks into an overall risk score. Three new risk assessment tools have been developed on this basis: 1) LiFFT (for manual lifting/lowering tasks, 2) DUET (for hand/wrist) intensive tasks, and 3) The Shoulder Tool (for shoulder intensive tasks). Each of these tools have shown strong dose-response relationships to injuries of the joints in question. In this presentation we will demonstrate the use of these easy-to-use tools and will discuss the interpretation of tool results.

Have you ever considered becoming a professionally certified ergonomist? Have you wondered how your education and experience qualify or what educational courses you might need to complete before submitting an application? Do you want to showcase your practical skills work that might include proprietary information? If so, this presentation is for you!

Speakers

Sean Gallagher
Associate Professor
Auburn University

Rachel Michael
Director of Consulting Services
Exponent EHF

Presentation slides can be downloaded here.