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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?

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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.

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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?

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OSHA Standards Why Do They Take So Long?, Jim Maddux

OSHA staff members are often asked, “Why do standards take so long?” In fact, as the saying goes, if I had a few dollars for each time I have been asked this question, I would be rich. OSHA is a complex agency involved in various types of work. OSHA staff inspect workplaces; set enforcement policy; issue guidance; maintain current web pages; develop and deliver training; administer voluntary programs such as partnerships, alliances and the Voluntary Protection Programs; conduct oversight of state OSHA programs, consultation agencies and education centers; and manage and administer in the federal government bureaucracy. The main reason that OSHA standards take so long is because the regulatory process is designed to be slow and deliberate.

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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.

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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.

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Safety 2015 Proceedings, ASSE

ASSE Safety 2015 Proceedings.

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Safety 2014 Proceedings, ASSE

ASSE Safety 2014 Proceedings.

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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.

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761 Finding Answers Using the ASSE Body of Knowledge, Ann E. Schubert

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) offers assistance to both safety professionals and employers of safety professionals through its on-line resource the Body of Knowledge. This powerful tool helps users identify best practices to better protect people, property, and the environment. For professionals in the field seeking resources and guidance, the Body of Knowledge includes checklists, technical papers, presentation information, training material, and program outlines in a variety of formats including web links, Word documents, PDFs, PowerPoint slides, and videos.

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The Body of Knowledge project is dedicated to creating a living reference that represents the collective knowledge of the Safety, Health and Environmental profession. While the preliminary work has begun, there is still more to do. The purpose of this website is to introduce subject areas that will eventually be part of the Body of Knowledge, and to gather feedback on the future direction, and ongoing assessment of what needs to be completed.

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