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Economic Impact of Ergonomic Design Interventions

  • September 18, 2015
  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • The Westin Hotel-Pike Room, 1900 5th Ave, Seattle WA


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What: Lunch and Learn Sponsored by Humanscale

When: September 18th from 11am-2pm

Topic: Economic Impact of Ergonomic Design Interventions

This presentation examines in detail the economic impact of ergonomic design interventions in commercial office environments. The talk reviews various cost justification metrics that can be used to evaluate the impact of an ergonomics program. It examines the benefits of ergonomics as an attribute of designed products and the role of ergonomic designs in injury prevention.

It describes the traditional steps involved in a reactive ergonomics program and discusses the benefits and limitations of this approach. It then describes the requirements for a proactive ergonomics program and argues for the benefits of this approach. To illustrate the economic impact of ergonomic programs, the talk presents a series of research cases including studies with various projects from the state of New Jersey, organizations in New York City, software companies, sales offices, and law firms. It shows that the return on investment for ergonomics interventions makes these highly cost-effective and the details the financial benefits of ergonomics.


Speaker Bio:

Professor Alan Hedge, PhD, CPE, C. Erg. HF, FHFES, FIEHF, FIEA

Alan Hedge is a Professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University where he also directs the Cornell Human Factors and Ergonomics laboratory. His research and teaching activities focus on ergonomic designs that promote health, comfort and productivity, especially in healthcare and office workplaces. He is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and he was awarded the 2003 Alexander Williams Design Award and the 2009 Oliver Hansen Outreach award. He is also a Fellow of the International Ergonomics Association, a Certified Professional Ergonomist and a Chartered Ergonomist. He has published 3 books and he has published more than 30 chapters and 200 articles on these topics. He is on the editorial board of several ergonomics and related journals. He speaks at national and international conferences and events and since 2013 he has been the program chair for the National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition. He frequently appears in the media, including TV, radio, newspaper and magazine articles.


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Cost: Humanscale is sponsoring this event and providing lunch. There is no cost to attend.

Address: The Westin Hotel-Pike Room, 1900 5th Ave, Seattle WA

Contact Info: 206-728-1000

Parking: Hotel parking, street parking, and nearby parking lots are available. Parking will not be able to be validated for this event.


IDCEC Continuing Education Units

(CEU): 0.2

Designation: HSW

Subject Code 1. Theory & Creativity 3. Human Factors and Ergonomics

AIA Program: EIED01

AIA Learning Units (LU): 2.0

Designation: LU/ HSW

GBCI Course ID: 0920000180

GBCI Learning Units: 2 CE Hours

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