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Workplace Ergonomics: Is It All Pixie Dust?, Bob Button & Bob Howarth

This article discusses how Disney moved its program from imagining ergonomic improvements on paper, to applying ergonomics in design, operations and maintenance in ways that benefit employees, guests and operational efficiencies. Examples of both practical challenges as well as real successes are drawn from food and beverage, housekeeping, warehousing and merchandise operations.

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Using Mobile Technology for Safety & Health, John Ingram

As mobile devices become more widespread and provide expanded capabilities, there is a greater opportunity to leverage mobile technology to improve quality and consistency, and gain efficiencies by accomplishing safety-and health-related tasks faster.With new technology comes new risks, which include ensuring protection of copyright (use of the written materials, images, and video of your company and that of others), client confidentiality (permission and distribution of materials used to develop custom products and tools), divining good information from a staggering volume of data available on the internet and avoiding costly mistakes due to rapid technology evolution.

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Technology & the "Ergo Hour", Daniel P. Johnson & Jeremy Wilzbacher

This article focuses on how BorgWarner and AON Global Risk Consulting have partnered to ensure that 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.

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Sleep Deprivation in the Workplace, Kurt Von Rueden

OSH professionals can probably agree that impaired reaction time, judgment and vision along with increased moodiness and aggressive behaviors are not good for safety, but these are all effects of sleepiness and fatigue on employees who are sleep deprived. The risk level of being injured at work increases greatly for employees who are sleep deprived. It has been estimated that these highly fatigued workers are 70% more likely to be involved in incidents and those who report disturbed sleep are nearly twice as likely to be killed in a work-related incident (NSF, 2010).

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How to Use Lean to Improve & Drive Safety Performance, Jill Kelby

Most business executives and operations managers are constantly looking for ways to reduce operating costs while improving efficiency without damaging customer satisfaction and quality. One of the most common ways in which organizations are trying to achieve operational excellence has been through the use of lean (methodology and management system) that is focused on reducing waste and costs while simultaneously improving speed, quality and customer satisfaction.

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How Does Obesity Impact Safety in the Workplace?, Fred H. Kohanna

Obesity is associated with an increased risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is caused by repetitive airway obstruction manifested by loud snoring and pauses in breathing. Undiagnosed and untreated OSA leads to excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). The risk of OSA increases when the BMI is greater than 35 and when the neck circumference is greater than 17 in. in males and 16 in. in females.

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PowerPoint: Trends for the Future: OSHA and Ergonomics How You Will Be Affected, Cindy Roth

This presentation covers ergonomic trends and OSHA activities that may likely affect you and your workplace.

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Validation of a Simple Seat Satisfaction Questionnaire, Ahmed Radwan, Janelle Buell, Meredith Merchant, Michael Oeser, James Smith, Judy Spilka, Jonathan Wood and Jared Wydysh

We propose the simple seat satisfaction questionnaire (SSSQ) as the first graphically enhanced seat satisfaction questionnaire that assess the users’ overall satisfaction with, and the ergonomic value of seats. Through its proposed scoring system, this questionnaire will help identify areas in need for ergonomic intervention which will not only decrease the incidence of low back pain, but will also increase productivity among workers.

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Getting a Grip, Construction Safety Association of Ontario

Describes a study of masons comparing the use of standard and lightweight block and the impact on musculoskeletal disorders. Concludes that injuries can be reduced with lightweight block.

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Muskuloskeletal Disorders, Construction Safety Association of Ontario

Describes the nature of musculoskeletal disorders, the incidence of them, the impact and methods to reduce them.

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