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Ergonomic Programs

Cost-effective management when you're a one-person show

by David Dole, Miriam Joffe
Picture this. You are the sole ergonomist for a company spread across the state or country. You are charged with the goal of improving efficiencies while reducing WRMSDs by 50 percent in the next two to three years. What do you do next? In this scenario the sole ergonomist understands the need to utilize a uniformed problem- solving process that hinges upon standardized objective measurement tools, allowing everyone from the line worker to the general manager to track cost- effective improvements. Once integrated into the system, they promote knowledge sharing between similar processes to improve efficiencies. With a centralized system, tracking and measuring such improvements becomes a tangible reality. This presentation demonstrates how Michelin North America effectively uses an in-house assessment tool and the Ergo Job Analyzer to identify, implement, and measure cost-effective ergonomics improvements across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Ireland. View presentation

Developing effective CBTs that entertain while they train

by Kyle Wingate, Miriam Joffe
When you manage the ergonomics program for employees who are in the field 24/7 who would rather be working with their hands than sitting in a classroom or in front of a computer screen, the challenges of education and training takes on new meaning. The challenge is intensified when the company has only one ergonomist on staff to address company needs. This presentation reviews how Shell Deer Park developed and tracked the completion and comprehension of ergonomics-related training using an animated and customized computer-based program for its production field workers and control room operators. The lessons they learned may help prepare you for challenges that seem to occur at every step of the process. View presentation

Developing in-house ergonomics expertise

by Nancy Larson
Many times responsibility to implement ergonomics at a location is assigned to a health or safety professional with limited education or experience in ergonomics. This presentation describes a successful professional development and certification program that combines knowledge acquisition and job assessment skill development. The objective was to enable location health and safety professionals to implement 3M's ergonomic program and effectively and efficiently identify, assess, and implement controls to address ergonomic issues. View presentation 

Developing and implementing of a successful global ergonomics program

by Deanna Long 
Developing a global ergonomics program is a challenging task due to issues associated with distance, culture, language, and communication. This presentation will provide an overview of a global ergonomics program that has been successfully implemented around the world consisting of written program documentation; a global database for case management and documentation; and corporate-wide training program for workers, evaluators, and coordinators. Eergonomic labs were established for evaluating products for ergonomic benefits and approved product lists. A critical element of this program is establishing partnerships with key functions within Applied Materials, Inc., including wellness, health services, and facilities. The discussion will identify the challenges, suggested solutions to these challenges, program successes, and lessons learned in establishing a global program. View presentation 

Driving ergonomic success through employee engagement

by Kent Hatcher, Mike Wynn 
Did you know that your organization already possesses the necessary tools to implement and sustain a successful ergonomics initiative? Your own employees. Many companies embrace management-driven, or top-down programs, only to experience limited or short-term success. This presentation provides a roadmap to guide you through a logical and comprehensive approach to drive your ergonomics initiative from the ground up with high impact solutions and long-term, sustained success. Participants will gain knowledge of the framework elements that need to be in place so that nothing is impeding the process. View presentation

Effective ergonomics: Pre- and post-accident strategies

by Fred Norton 
Ergonomics programs are the best method for controlling disability from musculoskeletal disorders. The most effective ergonomics programs combine strategies for preventing incidents with post accident processes to reduce disability when incidents occur. This session will present a comprehensive process for ergonomics that integrates effective risk reduction with systems for optimizing the response when injuries do occur. Best practices from effective global ergonomics programs will be shared. View presentation

Ergonomic pacing software: Implications for business

by Gaylord Bridegan
According to the Work Loss Data Institute, employees who perform data entry tasks are nearly 60 percent more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome than the general workforce. This presentation reviews an anti-injury ergonomic software product and its impact on productivity and efficiency. How did the users like it? What was the impact on users? How effective was it from a productively point of view when balanced against cost? This presentation explores research findings of a group of intensive computer users at the Mayo Clinic currently using the software. This study was prompted when an employee questioned the value of an ergonomic software program designed to help computer users. The overall aim of this study was to investigate whether software that tracks keystroke and mouse movements, then alerts users to take a microbreak when that activity exceeds certain limits, will result in higher productivity and efficiency. The employee evaluation process examines lower error rates in users when the break alert feature is active. Analysis will be conducted by comparing error rates and performing a Wilcoxon signed rank test to test the null hypothesis that the alert feature of the software does not affect error rates. View presentation

Ergonomics program yields positive results

by Paul Schwab
Ergonomics efforts at Texas Instruments have reduced the lost/restricted day care (LRDC) rate by 97 percent during a six-year period, which has helped to make TI a safety leader in the semiconductor industry. The presentation will discuss how this reduction was achieved and show project examples. Critical elements of the program will be highlighted including management commitment, employee training, engineering controls, involvement of ergonomics in the purchasing process, and adherence to internal and industry design guidelines. View presentation

Ergonomics programs not fully functioning? Check its support systems

by Kevin Vidmar 
Many sites have instituted ergonomic programs, making good progress during the initial stages. After this, many companies often find it hard to make continued, steady progress especially if your programs are unsupported by large budgets or corporate program mandates. Typical manufacturing sites have a wide variety of routine safety and manufacturing programs which might already be in place, often for many years prior to this new ergonomics program coming along. Examples might be weekly monthly safety inspections, 5S, TPM, Six Sigma, or behavior based safety programs. This presentation will discuss methods to tie ergonomics to these typical manufacturing programs so as to use these as a forcing function for continued ergonomic progress. This will focus on simple means to tie systems to maximize synergy and ergonomic improvements at sites. This will be especially valuable when large, or expensive, very formal ergonomic programs are not a viable option for the location. View presentation 

Ergonomics training for plant engineering at 3M

by Holly Wick 
Presenter will discuss how ergonomics training was created for and delivered to maintenance personnel in a research and development organization. Topics include the rationale for creating and providing ergonomics training for maintenance; collaboration efforts with the R&D EHS organization and maintenance management; training content; pilot testing for supervisors and maintenance groups; audience survey results; and development for automated delivery for all maintenance personnel company-wide. View presentation

How to customize an individualized ergonomic program within hospital environments

by Jacqueline Eckert
The objective of this session is to provide participants with a rich discussion of how to develop an individualized ergonomics program for departments within the medical system. Participants will learn how to transition this information to their work environments. Participants will be receiving a CD with a sample PowerPoint presentation, forms, and ideas for working with safety committee members. The session will include hands-on activities and give participants the opportunity to share experiences. View presentation

It's a small world after all: Ergonomics in the global environment

by Karin Barsness
As companies become more global, creating a usable ergonomics program becomes more challenging. Learn from the experiences of a large manufacturing company with several locations around the world. The presentation will include key issues early in the process, pitfalls to avoid, cultural differences and how they can factor into an effective program,training needs, and how to handle regulations by country. View presentation

Considerations for successful ergonomic training

by Kevin Vidmar
Ergonomic training is conducted at many levels within sites, from extensive team training to awareness level. Training often follows the classic methodology used for most other applications. Many organizations find that typical corporate training, when applied to ergonomics or safety, has only limited success. This session will discuss considerations in making ergonomic training more valuable. This presentation will provide attendees with a review checklist. Attendees will learn a few more considerations, tricks, and specific ideas that they can use to make their training more valuable to their organization. Specific examples will be provided on how and what to consider to make training more memorable, more valuable, and fun. View presentation

Managing ergonomists for the non-ergonomist

by Shawn Henderlong
This presentation will take a lighthearted approach to the dos and don'ts for technical managers working with ergonomic professionals. The presenter will provide specific examples of what not to say from his personal experiences. Tips and guidelines will be offered to bridge the gap between management, engineering, and ergonomists. Learn how to capitalize on the creative abilities of the ergonomist for your organization. View presentation

Saving health care workers' backs: Implementing "Minimal-Manual Lift Environment" program

by Yeu-Li Yeung
The nursing department and ergonomics division are currently implementing a minimal manual lift environment program in the adult in-patient acute care units at Duke Hospital. The program aims to reduce patient handling injuries among staff and to ensure safety for both staff and patients. Various types of patient lifts and transfer devices are available for nursing staff and rehab staff to use and conduct safe patient handling with their patients. This presentation focuses on:

  • Program development (how to get administration buy in), implementation (setting up policy and coordinating training), and monitoring (maintaining usage, continuing with training, evaluation)
  • Barriers and success stories
  • Future directions and goals

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Supervisor awareness training: A key component for an integrated ergonomics program

by Melissa Alvarado
Although managerial support is an essential component of a successful ergonomics program, buy-in from upper management is often not enough. We tend to assume the involvement of middle management as we expect supervisors to be champions of ergonomics and assist in program implementation. If supervisors are to be held responsible for their employees' well-being, they must be trained in what to look for and what to do when they identify an issue. This presentation will discuss the incident investigations at a midsize pharmaceutical R&D facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that led to the development of mandatory supervisor ergonomics awareness training. The presentation will share tips on integrating ergonomics with occupational health and upper management, developing training content, and disseminating information to the entire population. View paper

Teamwork: Win the championship, not just the game!

by Jennifer R. Loscher
Is your ergonomics program team working as effectively as they could be? Where are the weaknesses in your program? What can be done to strengthen them? These are questions anyone who has started up an ergonomics program should ask themselves on a continual basis and investigate in depth at least a year or two into the process. Learning how to host learning events and kaizen events instead of auditing will be discussed as a method to push the success of ergonomics programs forward. View presentation

Training and mentoring novice ergonomics practitioners

by Robert T. Smith
This presentation discusses the concept, implementation process, and early outcome of developing in-house novice ergonomics practitioners within the automotive industry in Great Britain. As previously reported at the Applied Ergonomics Conference and Expo, Honda of America Mfg. Inc. developed and disseminated ergonomics guidelines specific to their manufacturing needs. These guidelines were shared across North America and Japan with great effectiveness, improving both quality and productivity. The next logical step was to begin sharing the guidelines globally with other Honda regional operations, especially to facilitate new model designs and advance associate well-being. Since Honda Of The UK Mfg. Ltd. produces similar automotive products, they could benefit by including ergonomics in their new model effort. However, as they lacked trained associates to efficiently implement an ergonomics program without assistance, this specialized training initiative to develop homegrown ergonomists was an obvious progression. The approach of who, what, when, where, why, and how to train is reviewed including the training methods and topics covered. The lineside mentoring process and some examples of the newly trained novice ergonomists' problem-solving solutions and incremental work improvements are presented, as well as overall program challenges, benefits, and follow-on efforts. View presentation 

What to expect from a successful ergonomics initiative

by Mike Wynn
Successful ergonomics initiatives are effective, efficient, and sustainable. Numerous case studies have been presented by companies in the past few years that demonstrate success. However, most ergonomics practitioners do not know how best to describe a successful ergonomics initiative, and are therefore unable to set expectations for their company's performance in ergonomics. This presentation will identify the measures companies are using to describe project-specific as well as organization-wide success in ergonomics, and to what degree they are reporting success. View paper

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