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Ergonomics Virtual Conference


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The profound impact of a sustainable ergonomics process extends its advantages to various stakeholders within an organization, from employees and supervisors to managers, safety/ergonomics team members, human resource professionals, operations personnel, engineers, management, leadership, the board of directors, and investors. This comprehensive half-day event provided insights into the specific benefits each group can derive from effective ergonomic practices. Our agenda covered the initiation of a streamlined ergonomics process and equipped attendees with the essential tools needed for successful implementation.

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Why Ergonomics?

Speaker: Blake McGowan, CPE, Solution Executive, VelocityEHS

Why Ergonomics? A sustainable ergonomics process benefits employees, supervisors, managers, safety/ergonomics teams, HR professionals, engineers, management, leadership, the board of directors, and investors. Watch this fast-paced flash session led by VelocityEHS Certified Ergonomist Blake McGowan. Discover the wide-reaching impacts ergonomics has for everyone in your organization and leave eager to watch the rest of the day’s sessions.

Ergonomics Assessments

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Communicating the Value of Ergonomics to Business Stakeholders

Speaker: Blake McGowan, CPE, Solution Executive, VelocityEHS

Ergonomics aligns the workplace with people’s capabilities, yielding improved employee well-being and enhanced business performance. Unfortunately, stakeholders often lack awareness due to ineffective communication. Data bridges this gap, being the language of the c-suite, showcasing connections between ergonomics and outcomes like absenteeism, turnover, injuries, and more. This presentation equipped attendees with the language and metrics to communicate with stakeholders, highlighting how ergonomics adds value, enhances operational and financial performance, and improves employee well-being.

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Deploying an Ergonomics Process

Speaker: Kyle Palframan, Senior Ergonomist, VelocityEHS

Explore advanced industrial ergonomics practices in this on-demand session. First, you’ll learn how to develop, deploy, and sustain an effective process, covering team selection, job improvement, training, and success metrics. Next, we demonstrated how to implement strategies for engaging operators, establishing rhythm, categorizing, prioritizing, planning improvements, and efficiently manage metrics and reports for long-term success. The focus is on educating attendees to build and sustain a successful ergonomics process, ensuring optimal benefits.

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Our Ergonomics Assessment is Done. Now What?

Speaker: Josiah Allen, CPE, CSP, Senior Solution Consultant, VelocityEHS

Organizations may conduct numerous musculoskeletal disorder risk assessments and gather extensive data, but without a system to translate that information into actionable workplace improvements, it remains a collection of numbers. The ultimate goal of ergonomics programs is to minimize employee injuries and enhance overall well-being and performance. Completing MSD risk assessments is just an initial step; the crucial follow-up involves utilizing the data to drive outcomes. Successful teams possess an ergonomics management system, serving as the foundation for the job improvement cycle and providing answers to the question “Now What?” This session equipped participants with the ability to identify underlying causes of MSD risk, understand the job improvement process, apply the hierarchy of controls for ergonomics improvements, recognize benefits of a formal control validation process, and comprehend ways to standardize validated controls.

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Applying Quality Improvement Tools for Problem Solving in Ergonomics

Speakers: Rick Barker, CPE, CSP, Senior Director of Solution Strategy, VelocityEHS

Jaclyn Faraci, CPE, CSP, Senior Solution Consultant, VelocityEHS

Current safety management systems, such as ISO 45001 and ANSI Z10, build on established quality management systems. Exploring quality management offers insights into enhancing ergonomics programs. Quality experts have refined various problem-solving tools, including Fishbone diagram, Affinity diagram, Force field analysis, and others. This session showcased tools applied across industries, advised on their optimal use, and highlighted limitations. Participants gained knowledge on root cause analysis tools, systematic improvement option selection, and utilizing internal resources for ergonomics projects.

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Meet the Speakers

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Blake McGowan, CPE

Solution Executive, VelocityEHS

Blake McGowan joined VelocityEHS in 1999. Blake holds a Certificate in Leading Sustainable Corporations from the University of Oxford, a Master of Science in Human Neuromechanics, and a Bachelor of Science in Biomechanics & Neurophysiology from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He has achieved recognition as a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE).

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Kyle Palframan

Senior Ergonomist, VelocityEHS

Kyle Palframan is experienced in strategic ergonomics program development; providing customers with individualized support to assist them in accelerating the efficacy and maturity of their programs. Kyle has received a Master of Human Kinetics, Biomechanics and Ergonomics from the University of Windsor, and an Honors Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from McMaster University. 

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Josiah Allen, CPE, CSP

Senior Solution Consultant, VelocityEHS

Josiah Allen facilitates the program development and deployment of Ergonomics, Risk Management, and Control of Work solutions. Josiah received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. He has achieved recognition as a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP).

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Jaclyn Faraci, CPE, CSP

Solutions Consultant, VelocityEHS

Jaclyn Faraci supports the sales team by providing technical insight and experience on solutions. Jaclyn received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics and a Master of Science degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor. She is currently a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE), as well as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).

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Rick Barker, CPE, CSP

Senior Director of Solution Strategy, VelocityEHS

Rick Barker facilitates knowledge-building activities relating to safety management systems, industrial ergonomics, human performance, and human factors. Rick holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Factors from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. He has achieved recognition as a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP).

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Ben Taft

Associate Director, Product Management, VelocityEHS

Benjamin Taft works closely with customers, stakeholders, and others to lead the delivery of solutions that make workplaces safe and sustainable. Benjamin is a Certified Scrum Product Owner® and Certified Change Management Practitioner, and has received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.