Advancing Ergo Into Industry Revolution 4.0

August 2020

In 2019, the World Health Organization Musculoskeletal Disorders were ranked second worldwide in injuries that curb the population’s “productive life.” Only heart disease and strokes ranked higher. Based on an internal Aon analytics review of 1.4 billion in WC losses related to ergonomics, the average organization funds 6.75 MM per year to deal with ergonomics related injuries and make up approximately 51% of the total injuries sustained. Not only does this create non-valued added costs, but it also leads to a significant amount of lost time which can significantly impact productivity.
Ergonomists and ergonomics practitioners have been using a myriad of risk analysis tools that are 15 to 30 years old, highly variable related to user experience, and are at best “screening tools” that assess what the user sees. As industrial and office systems become more advanced, what is needed are objective assessment methods that can measure the internal impact of work on employees vs. simple checklist to more be effectively in addressing ergonomics related injuries.
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Contour Q&A with Dr. James Laurenzano

July 2020

Dr. Laurenzano will share his story of working in a small practice, and how in the age of electronic medical records ever click matters and every second counts. He will recount his experiences with ergonomic computer mice, and how using a RollerMouse helped him not only work comfortably with an repetitive strain injury in his elbow, but work more efficiently with medical records software. 

Remote Ergonomics, Job Coaching and Stretch and Flex Programs

May 2020

The COVID-19 imperative has driven a pivotal shift to remote work environments for many people. In this presentation we will discuss the growing world of remote work and how to best harness your ergonomics expertise.
We examine a model for real-time expert Remote Ergonomics Assessment, Stretch-and-Flex and Job Coaching.
Learn how to leverage your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop devices with your ergonomics expertise.
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Overcoming Challenges with Implementing Back-Assist Exosuits

April 2020

Hosts Matt Marino and Matthew Yandell discuss why back-assist exoskeletons exist, and how they might fit into a company’s comprehensive ergonomics program. It will also highlight many of the challenges that companies face trying to implement exoskeletons, and strategies for overcoming barriers to user acceptance and widespread adoption. Finally, a real world example of back-assist exosuit field testing will be presented, and the results will be discussed.

How to Mitigate COVID-19 and Human Factor Risks in the Workplace

March 2020

The emergence of the coronavirus has posed a new challenge for those responsible for workplace safety. In times such as these, it is important to know the facts from fiction and have the right information to guide your employees and leadership with the best options to ensure their safety with the least amount of business interruptions. This webinar will share with you the most current information on how to respond to unexpected events that can become the new normal for the future of your company operations.
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Ergonomics in Dentistry and Medical Offices: Fact or Fiction?

February 2020

Join us as Maggie Wen, MSc, RDH AEP, Delves into current research that demonstrates dental and medical practitioners are at higher risk of workplace injuries due to challenges in their posture and work space design. While more organizations begin to pay attention to the health and wellness of medical practitioners, office workers and support staff in the healthcare setting don’t always feel equipped with the knowledge to achieve the best ergonomics possible.
This webinar focuses on the ergonomic wellness of dental and medical office staff. Is sitting on a ball healthy? Should I use the same keyboard and mouse as my co-workers? Are all mice created equal? This webinar discusses different components of a workstation and dispels common misbeliefs in office ergonomics. By the end of this webinar, the participant will gain tips on healthy workstation setup and make evidence-based equipment choices.

26,000 Employees Teach Us the Top 5 Things an Office Ergonomics Program MUST Have

January 2020

In this webinar, Tony Silva, CPE will discuss the risk factors identified through exhaustive research conducted on 26,469 individuals working in an office setting from 2009 to 2017. From that data he identifies the five most important elements critical to implementing an effective office ergonomics program. The what, why and how of each element will be discussed, providing you with clear objectives to take back to improve your own office ergonomics program.
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Precision Ergonomics - How using motion capture and AI can change the ergonomics landscape

November 2019

Ergonomics has long relied on subjective measurements when it comes to posture analysis. Recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence/computer vision have brought motion capture technology to the palm of your hand – using just cellphone video to capture workers performing their job, and provide an objective risk assessment based on how those workers are moving. Just how accurate is this technology? This webinar will describe some of the history of using AI in ergonomics, and also demonstrate the results of MyAbilities PDAi technology, as presented at the recent Human Factors and Ergonomics Society conference in Seattle, Washington.

Technology moving us forward, effects of it setting us back. A look at communication devices and related ergonomic injuries

Octoboer 2019

Tammy Rossomando MS.EHS, MEd, ATC will discuss how efficient modern technology is in keeping us all connected, how it happens (platforms, how devices are used, etc) and the effects of all this positive connectedness on the human body.  Topics include:
– Ergonomic injuries caused by smart devices
– Possible solutions, how to combat the bad postures our devices put us in
– The potential effect of smart devices on future generations
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How to Deal with Doctors Notes for Sit-Stand Desks, Napping Desks, and Segways

September 2019

Join Dr. Naomi Abrams, OTR/L, CEAS, as she walks us through how deal with doctors notes for ergonomic accommodations, who the burden of accomodation falls on, and how to structure your ergonomic program to reduce the need for expensive accommodations and prevent workplace injury.

Bolstering your Ergonomic Program with Predictive Analytics

August 2019

Kirsty Angerer, better known as the Traveling Ergonomist, along with Professor Alan Hedge give a comparative look on how UK ergonomics and safety programs are run and cover the impact that using predictive analytic software can have on your ergonomics and safety program.
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Anatomy, Pathology and Healing Process of Ergonomics Injuries

July 2019

Ronald Porter, PT, CEAS lll covers the anatomy and pathology for types of musculoskeletal disorders that occur to the body, what happens to the body when it is injured and a timeline for healing, and the risks of returning to work activities too soon and ideas for healing or injury prevention.

RSI Risk Reduction and RollerMouse

June 2019

Keith Osborne CEAS, CWS, MFT details data collected from 14 different workers, with varying degrees of assessed risk, and the effect of using the RollerMouse on their pain, discomfort, and work. The estimated cost savings for the employees with increased productivity and reduced lost time will astound you!
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A Productivity Analysis of 6 Popular Ergonomic Mouse Designs

January 2019

Jessica Cappelletto of McGill University shares the results of a productivity and comfort study of 6 different handheld mouse designs. From vertical, adjustable and everywhere in-between the results of the study may surprise you.

Sit-Stand Desks, Are They Voodoo Ergonomics?

Decemeber 2018

Craig Chasen, CEES takes a deep dive into sit/stand desks and their effects on workplace ergonomics. Is standing really that much better for you? Do the benefits of standing outweigh the other potential ergonomic issues that come from it? Watch the webinar and find out!
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Finding the Right Mouse

October 2018

Dana Shull, CAE, CPDM, CEAS II walks us through the ins-and-outs of finding the right mouse design for users based on a litany of factors including, injury, workspace, and the user themselves.