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 Ergonomics

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, employee accommodations.

Ergonomics & EHS (Environment, Health & Safety)

OSHA compliance, measurement & risk, personal protective equipment, slip and fall prevention, job & task training, incident investigation and return to work strategies.

Industrial Ergonomics & Material Handling

Manual material handling, automated/assistive device material handling & assembly, hand tool selection and use, workstation and equipment evaluation and design. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (lower extremity risk, upper extremity risk), sitting and standing work, fatigue, shift work, occupational vibration.

Healthcare Ergonomics, Aging & Wellness

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.