Ergo Cup®/Awards

Featured Speakers

Presenters with accomplished background, experience and expertise in the selected area as well as the field of ergonomics are invited by the Applied Ergonomics Conference Chairs to present on a specific topic that is of interest to attendees. Featured speakers for each of the 2015 conference focus areas are highlighted in the program. During these sessions, participants will hear about the strategies, tactics, successes, challenges and results from the speakers. These presentations run for 50 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A's; no advance registration is required.

Wednesday, March 18

2 – 3 p.m.
Room 206

See, Solve, Share and GoGreen:  Four Concepts to Create a Powerful Participatory Ergonomics Culture in a Physically Challenging and Dynamic Workplace
Ben Zavitz, General Dynamics/Bath Iron Works Shipyard


This presentation focuses on the participatory program General Dynamics Bath Iron Works used to transform their ergonomics program from a reactive intervention program to a proactive prevention program that achieved a 50 percent reduction in severity injury rates and a won three Ergo Cup Awards. The innovative approach to their program is focused on three elements: 1) seeing ergonomic risks; 2) solving ergonomic challenges; and 3) sharing successes. Ergonomic risks are identified using a creative concept termed "GoGreen, work in your power zone." The GoGreen concept has been successful applied to various jobs and environments in the shipyard, including office environments, material handling, warehouse, and awkward positioning jobs. Highlights of the program, risk assessment tools, and successful ergonomic solutions and Ergo Cup awards will be shared during the presentation.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Room 206

Creativity and Innovation in Ergonomics
Allison Stephens, Ford Motor Company

Ergonomics is the study of the interface between man and machine as we all know, so every aspect of the workplace that involves a human could have ergonomic implications. For years the study and application of physical ergonomics often falls under the occupational health and safety department. Creating innovative solutions for the prevention of injuries is both rewarding and exciting. We will explore how the simplest ideas have the greatest impact. Leading to standardization and setting the bar for global manufacturing. Proactive ergonomics makes sense, the concept of designing the product and processes within human capabilities clearly leads to the prevention of injuries. It comes with challenges, how do you visualize the workplace of the future using motion capture technology and digital human modelling bring a new way of integrating ergonomics within engineering. Technology continues to advance always be on the look out to advance ergonomics. Google Earth and 3-D printing allows us to break down communication barriers and demonstrate the far reaching effects of ergonomics. With all these advances and value that ergonomics brings to the company, the market department approached ergonomics to be part of the 2012 Fusion Launch. Taking the ergonomic lab on tour to highlight the use of technology to build the highest quality vehicles.

Thursday, March 19

8 – 9 a.m.
Room 205

How to Engage Employees
Hal Washington, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC - Warren Plant


As a safety professional, how do you engage employees? Do you know how to engage employees? Do your employees understand that they can make positive change in their safety and health system? Do you know the four elements of an effective safety and health management system? Do you research literature to find best practices? Do you know basic problem solving steps? Do you want to know how a Tennessee VPP company engages employees to make.