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Topic: Ergonomics - General (Industry-Related)

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Results of the 2015 Ergonomics Practitioner Environmental Scan Survey, American Society of Safety Engineers

For practitioners who have some responsibility to manage or address ergonomics concerns within their organizations, the question is what knowledge and skills do they need to be successful in their roles? A voluntary survey was administered online and consisted of 14 questions to learn about the ergonomics training, skills and needs in the OSH practitioner’s working area. More than 300 ergonomics practitioners were surveyed to iearn: •Where have you obtained training in ergonomics and does the training meet the marketplace expectations of your role? •What resources benefit you in the management and implementation of workplace ergonomics programs? •What are the driving metrics behind your organization’s ergonomics efforts?


Exoskeleton Technology: Making Workers Safer and More Productive, Terry Butler

This article discusses the use of exoskeleton technology to ergonomically reduce shoulder overexertion in employees who extend and raise their arms. •It presents some potential benefits and safety challenges of using such technology to simultaneously protect workers and increase productivity. •The benefits presented are quantified from real-life field testing conducted at a large manufacturing facility and should help the reader understand the level of testing and research necessary to properly evaluate an exoskeleton technology before introducing it into a workplace.


Ergonomics Program Benchmarking Aon 2015 Safety Management Survey, Rachel Michael and Scott Smith

What does an ergonomics program look like in your organization? Do you have one? See how other organizations structure their ergonomics program and metrics in this free report. Aon surveyed ergonomics and health and safety professionals on the function and effectiveness of Ergonomic programs, including the following: • Who is responsible for ergonomic programs? • What is driving ergonomic efforts? • What is the experience with third-party vendors? • What metrics are being used and are they effectively measuring efforts and success?


Ergonomics Return on Investment, Winnie Ip, Jennie Gober and Walt Rostykus

Ergonomic programs often lack resources: people, time and money. Part of the problem is demonstrating the financial return of ergonomic improvements and ergonomic programs. •OSH professionals can measure the value of improved workplace ergonomics in more ways than the traditional reduction of injury costs. Improved productivity, quality and employee retention can provide greater returns. •This article shares various models of cost justification and the elements of determining the return on investment, and provides guidance on the investment and results data needed to calculate the return.


Five Steps to Getting Buy-In for Your Ergonomics Process, James Mallon

Human-centered workplace design is not complex. We just need to know the limits of human strength and movement, understand the perceptual preferences humans have, and apply this knowledge to the design of machines, material flow, and methods. This cohesion will create work environments that match human capability and ultimately enhance their performance.


779 Lightening the Load: Ergonomic Solutions that Reduce Patient Lifting Injuries, Elise Condie and Jessica Ellison

This article will review the challenges healthcare organizations face in achieving significant and long-lasting reductions in injury rates, and will articulate the culture shift that needs to occur in order to implement a successful safe patient handling program. We will also present several case studies demonstrating how some hospitals are successfully making this culture shift and tackling the challenge of training staff on new equipment and procedures.


726 Construction and Ergonomics equals A Non-Traditional Focus for a Top 20 U.S. Contractor, Heather Crawford, John A. Neil and Steve E. Thomas

The Walsh Group has practiced general building construction since its foundation in 1898 by Matthew Myles Walsh. Currently in its fourth generation of leadership, the firm has been a family-held business since that time. In order to facilitate national expansion efforts, Walsh Construction was incorporated in 1949, and Archer Western was incorporated in 1983. Each company has experience with a wide variety of building, civil, and transportation sectors including: wastewater and water treatment plants, rapid transit, highway and bridgework, educational facilities, warehouse/distribution facilities, athletic facilities, correctional facilities, office, design-build, and more. The greatest concern is the safety of our workforce.


705 Technology & the "Ergo Hour," Managing Ergonomics at a Multinational Organization, Daniel P. Johnson and Jeremy Wilzbacher

This paper focuses on how BorgWarner and AON Global Risk Consulting have partnered to ensure all BorgWarner global operations can benefit from collaboration and access to subject matter experts in a cost effective, efficient manner, turbo-charging ergonomic improvements worldwide.


680 America's Changing Work Force: Ramifications for Ergonomic Modeling, Richard Sesek, Ruoliang Tang, Celal Gungor and Jerry Davis

Generally, this diversity includes workers with different anthropometry (size, shape), capabilities, work experiences, and ethnicities. More importantly, the workforce is also aging and becoming heavier. However, the impact of aging and obesity is typically not considered in traditional ergonomic modeling. This paper explores the potential impact of these factors and proposes several ways to factor these characteristics into ergonomic models.


604 Psychophysical and Demographic Changes Require Rethinking Ergonomic Strategies, James G. Borchardt and Sang D. Choi

The process of researching the interaction of physical, psychological and demographic characteristics of workers and the work environment in order to develop good practices can take decades. Preliminary research done in recent years suggests the characteristics and demographics of today’s workers have changed significantly and the conclusions, assessment tools and good practices are lagging behind those changes. A new strategy which the authors call "Ergonomic Action Level (EAL)" is needed so good practices anticipate the demographic makeup & psychophysical capacity of today’s workers and are designed into today’s worksites using Prevention through Design (PtD) techniques.


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