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2014 Occupational Ergonomics Symposium 

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Symposium - Keynote

Future Ergonomics Assessments Using Advanced Technology

Speaker: Mark E. Benden, CPE, PhD
Associate Professor
Director of the Ergonomics Center
Texas A&M Health Science Center     

Recent advances in technology
have put ergonomics on the path to track and improve health. New apps and wearable sensors allow real-time monitoring during everyday activities that could not be easily captured even 5 years ago. The resulting data has potential for use well beyond traditional evaluation tools such as force meters, stop watches and cameras. The flip side of this easy access to technology is the growing pattern of addiction to electronic and mobile devices, the impact on social health and technology-induced inactivity. Join Dr. Benden as he shares his insight on these topics.

Location: Museum of Flight, Seattle

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $125.00 (before Labor Day)
         $175.00 (after Labor Day)
Cost includes continental breakfast and a hot lunch

Symposium - Speakers

Ergonomics and Enterprise Risk Management: Achieving a better Grip in the New Landscape of Risk Management

: Matt Saxon, CSP; EHS, Risk & Business Continuity, REI

Due to recent events with global implications, many companies are moving away from the traditional approach to risk management and towards the holistic approach of Enterprise Risk Management. This has created new opportunities for Ergonomics Professionals to demonstrate value within their organization..

Integrating Wellness Strategies into Ergonomics, Quality and Performance

: Jami L. Smith, Exercise Physiologist; Boeing Well Being Leader

Recent studies support the principle of “healthy body, healthy mind” and certainly the reverse as well. We know that what we eat and drink, the quantity and quality of our sleep, our recreational habits, our physical activity level and several other factors influence our physical performance abilities and how we cognitively process information. This presentation will explore how wellness impacts the foundation of what we do on a daily basis.

Change Management for an Effective Ergonomics/Safety Culture

: Jevon Powell, PhD, Scontrino-Powell Psychologist and Executive Coach

Helping people learn new behaviors is not easy, but it is possible with the right tools and techniques. Dr. Powell will share insights on why change stalls in the workplace. He will share a simple model to help you understand and manage change in organizations, and offer practical tools for getting better results.

Understanding Laptop and Tablet Use and Selection

: Peter Johnson, PhD; Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington

With the recent influx of tablets into work environments, this talk will discuss the pros and cons of using laptop computers and tablets with a focus on and the ergonomics and productivity benefits and concerns surrounding tablet use..

Corporate Stretching Programs: Is There Something More?

Speaker: Jennifer Hess, DC, MPH, PhD; University of Oregon Labor, Education and Research Center

Many businesses have implemented worksite-stretching programs as a means of decreasing work-related injuries. However, these programs vary widely in terms of the types of stretches, physical demand, and worker compliance, hence outcomes vary widely. To date, the evidence that stretching programs reduce workplace injuries is unclear and controversial. Recent research suggests that other types of exercise may be more effective for preventing injury and for promoting worker health. This presentation will explore these new interventions.

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