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Pre-conference Workshops - Monday, March 24

Take advantage of the opportunity to enhance your skills and boost your learning by participating in a pre-conference workshop. Learn from experienced practitioners who will address your concerns about ergonomics. They are open to all registered conference attendees and require a separate fee.

8 a.m. – Noon

Ergo 101: The Basics of Ergonomics

Presenter: Gary Allread, The Ohio State University
Basic level

Continuing an Applied Ergonomics Conference tradition of offering conference registrants a low-cost, high-quality seminar, this session is intended to help those who are new to the ergonomics discipline, have ergonomics responsibilities, or need a refresher on ergonomics principles. This workshop will provide an introduction to fundamental ergonomic concepts, emphasize the identification of risk factors, and provide an overview the elements of effective ergonomic processes. Examples and case studies from a variety of industrial settings will be reviewed, as will those pertaining to office ergonomic issues.

Introduction to Operational Human Excellence:  New Ergonomic Tools and Methods for Lean-Ergonomic Deployments

Presenters: Ben Zavitz, General Dynamics and Scott Smith, Aon Insurance Brokers
Basic/Intermediate/Advanced level

Lean Six Sigma is a management approach often used to improve the quality of manufacturing processes. This workshop is an introduction to Operational Human Excellence and the various ergonomic tools and methods that have been designed to integrate into lean activities. These include: Rapid Ergonomic Baseline Assessment of Risk (REBAR) for screening jobs, ergonomic fish bone diagrams for identifying root causes; Process Improvement for Productivity and Ergonomics (PIPE) for identifying time and labor savings from ergonomic solutions, PICK charts to categorize solutions and develop improvement plans; and ROI calculations. Participants will learn how to use these tools and methods through hands-on sessions and case studies.

Three "S's" to Success: Standards, Specification and (the Right) Solutions

Presenters: Lucy Hart, The Global Group and Teresa Bellingar, Haworth Inc.
Intermediate/Advanced level

Beginning with an overview of North American office ergonomics standards and guidelines (BIFMA, CGSB, CSA and HFES), get ready to roll up your sleeves and learn the what, why, when and how of these important documents. Understand the use of anthropometry in developing standards and learn about the methods used to analyze anthropometric datasets. Dig into the detail of the newly published BIFMA G1-2013 ergonomics guideline* and shake hands with other relevant BIFMA standards. Tying it all together, you’ll learn how to use standards to identify workstation solutions and to develop specifications for purchasing the right solutions for your employees. Come keen to learn, leave knowledge-rich and motivated to get these standards and guidelines working for you.

*Pre-conference registration fee includes a copy of the BIFMA G1 Guideline. 

1 – 5 p.m.

Operational Human Excellence Part 2:  New Ergonomic Tools and Methods for Six Sigma-Ergonomic Deployments

Presenters: Scott Smith, Aon Insurance Brokers and Ben Zavitz, General Dynamics
Intermediate/Advanced level

Lean Six Sigma is a management approach often used to improve the quality of manufacturing processes. This workshop is a continuation of the Introduction to Operational Human Excellence workshop with a focus on advanced measurement tools and methods designed to integrate into Six Sigma projects. Specific topics to be discussed include: how ergonomics fits in Six Sigma and the facts and data that are necessary for success; epidemiological evidence for work-related musculoskeletal disorders and the specific risk factors that need to be measured; introduction into an advanced risk assessment methodology that measures risk factor levels; sigma calculators to identify ergonomic risk level defects; ergonomic risk process capability charts; solution matrixes to categorize solutions and develop improvement plans; and using control charts and plans to control, sustain and scale improvements. Participants will learn how to use these tools and methods through hands-on sessions and case studies.

Making the Business Case for Ergonomics

Presenter: Rick Goggins, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
Intermediate level

This workshop will give you the skills needed to cost-justify your ergonomics projects and programs. Real-world examples will be used for activities and hands-on learning. The workshop will first provide an overview of various cost-benefit principles and models, as well as the data sources needed to run a thorough analysis. You then will have an opportunity to practice with a simple cost-benefit analysis model, which was designed for ergonomics practitioners. Participants are encouraged to bring examples from their workplaces, and each will be given a free CD containing cost-benefit models and useful resources.

Evaluating “Hot Topic” Ergonomic Initiatives:  Are They Truly Beneficial?

Presenters: Kimberly Monroe, KM Ergonomics and Peter Budnick, Ergoweb
Advanced level

This workshop is for practitioners who want more information about several currently popular ergonomics initiatives. Scheduled topics include: the true benefits and costs of implementing stretching programs; how and when to implement job rotation; determining when sit/stand workstations are appropriate; evaluating alternative seating requests from employees; documenting the impact of psychosocial issues on work; and implementing ergonomics best practice databases. The extent to which each of these topics is covered will be dictated by the workshop attendees. The instructor will present current ergonomics research and case studies on each topic of interest and facilitate participant discussion, to allow for one to make more-informed decisions on the benefits and costs of these program initiatives.

BCPE Exam Prep - What to Expect on the Revised Exam

Presenter: Sheree L. Gibson, Ergonomics Applications 

This workshop will better prepare you to pass exams given by the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics. It will provide an introduction to the new BCPE Ergonomist Formation Model, which is the basis for the body of knowledge necessary to become certified as an ergonomics or human factors professional. During this workshop, the instructor will provide a description of the required and elective elements of the formation model. She will also provide a review of exam format and emphasize two areas that often present problems for candidates: statistics and design. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and discuss the example questions. (Intermediate/Advanced) 

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