Types of sessions and requirements:

Half-day Workshop Session                    (2.5 hours; Tuesday only)
Workshop – Panel Discussion                (2.5 hours; Tuesday only)
Breakout Session                                    (60 minutes; Wednesday – Friday)

Session Track Descriptions:

Program Management:

OSHA and other compliance issues, success stories - reducing workers’ comp costs, return on investment (ROI), budget management, gaining management/employee buy-in, employee engagement, multiple site and global programs, metrics and benchmarking, communications and team-building, 24/7 operations and shift work, lean and Six Sigma for process optimization, green ergonomics and LEED.

Office and Mobile Workforce:

Office and call center design, computer workstation set up, ergonomic seating, office furniture and computer peripheral design, telecommuting/mobile workforce needs, accommodating a diverse workforce, agile working strategies, open plan office, RTW, and employee accommodations.

Material Handling, Tools & Workstation Design:

Manual material handling, automated/assistive device material handling & assembly, hand tool selection and use, workstation and equipment evaluation and design.

Industrial Ergonomics & Safety:

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (lower extremity risk, upper extremity risk), sitting and standing work, fatigue, shift work, occupational vibration - measurement & risk, personal protective equipment, slip and fall prevention, job & task training, incident investigation and return to work strategies.

Wellness, Healthcare & Lab Ergonomics:

Special populations and emerging issues including the aging population, multigenerational workforces, obesity, and increased population diversity – specific accommodations and workplace design considerations including telehealth and tele-ergonomics. Lab topic focuses on technology, medical error reduction, pharmaceutical and lab ergonomics, patient-centric and caregiver-centric design, and safe patient handling.