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To Stretch or Not to Stretch, That Is the Question!, Sheila O'Halloran and Mark Worthen

Twenty-five years ago I sold my chiropractor practice to focus entirely on industrial musculoskeletal disorder injury prevention and leadership programs. As an ergon- omist, I have had numerous opportunities to learn best practices for implementing stretching programs into any company or facility. Stretching programs require both a financial and time commitment. When considering the initiation of one of these programs, these factors must be weighed out based on the potential benefits and return on investment for each organization.

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Safety 2014 Key Issue Roundtable - Closing the Gap – Linking Wellness and Preventing MSDs in Healthcare and Beyond, Janet Hayward and Leigh Freeman

A summary of the discussion which took place during this Safety 2014 Key Issue Roundtable - Closing the Gap – Linking Wellness and Preventing MSDs in Healthcare and Beyond.

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Safety 2014 Key Issue Roundtable - What Makes Your Solution Ergonomic, Elise Condie and Jessica Ellison

A summary of the discussion which took place at Safety 2014 during the key issue roundtable - "What Makes Your Solution Ergonomic?"

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ANSI Z10 and PtD Standards Integration , Georgi Popov

EHS professionals are facing increased pressure to diversify their skills and develop new risk assessment techniques. A small size company requested a new product risk assessment and hazard evaluation. The product is intended for export to the European Union and had to meet international standards. On the other hand, the product is manufactured in the USA and the management wanted to implement PtD principles. The authors developed new tools and successfully implemented the new PtD model to evaluate the product.

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Semi-Permanent Fingertip Tactile Sensitivity Loss in Cold Environments, Brian J. Finder

Current research indicates that acute non-freezing cold exposure elicits various short-term performance problems with the human extremities; namely a reduction in blood flow (Abramson, Zazela & Marrus, 1939), hand sensitivity (Nelms & Soper, 1961), the level of upper extremity dexterity (Clark, 1961), and maximal grip strength (Barnes & Larson, 1985). The present body of scientific knowledge has yet to confirm that repeated/chronic cold exposure causes a more long-term or semi-permanent form of nervous system impairment in humans.

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Mobile Technology to Improve Workplace Safety and Efficiency -VIDEO, Andrew Peterson

Mobile technology can be used to improve workplace safety and increase the efficiency of a safety program. This presentation focuses on the breadth of mobile applications that are available to safety professionals for use in enhancing their organization’s safety program performance, and examines a case study that demonstrates the effectiveness of mobile applications

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Innovative Methods to Reduce Musculoskeletal Injuries - VIDEO, Tulio L. Pena

Employers in virtually every industry contend with musculoskeletal injuries. Every employer has or will soon have an aging workforce. This presentation will provide an understanding of the nature and causation of soft tissue disorders, while realizing cost effective and innovative initiatives that halt and reverse the process.

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The Value of Fitness for Duty Determinations and Ergonomics - VIDEO, Howard M. Sandler, Amy Daniell and Marc Turina

This presentation covers the value of fitness for duty determinations and ergonomics.

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Behavioral and Ergonomic Management of Physical and Mental Fatigue - VIDEO, Richard W. Bunch

Mental fatigue results in a lack of focus and attention, taking short cuts, bypassing safety regulations and making mental errors that can lead to serious injury and even death. The relationship of mental fatigue to stress is well known but managed poorly. This presentation addresses both behavioral and ergonomic interventions to prevent and manage fatigue related disorders and injuries, and provide a clear understanding of the physiological basis for fatigue and how to address this growing problem both at work and home.

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Nuts and Bolts of Effective Ergonomics Programs - VIDEO, Jill L. Kelby

Many companies implement ergonomics programs hoping this will solve their injury problems; however, all too often the results are disappointing. In this presentation viewers will learn about ergonomics - what it really means, common misconceptions and the essential components of an effective ergonomics programs.

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