Applied Ergonomics Conference, March 21 – 24

Visit Us at Booth #402

Learn How to Do Ergonomics Right at Booth 303


Attend a Conference Session Led by VelocityEHS Ergonomists

March 21, 2022: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
Build an Effective Ergonomics Process
Rick Barker, Principal Solutions Strategist
Kristi Hames, Senior Solutions Strategist

Description: Every successful process requires a driver to establish a roadmap and continually monitor progress. If you’re behind the wheel of your ergonomics program, this workshop is for you. Based on ISO 45001 and the Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle of continuous improvement, participants will get to work planning or improving their company’s ergonomics process. This workshop covers the key elements of a written ergonomics plan, considerations for establishing your ergonomics team, activities you can perform to enhance stakeholder alignment, and how to select metrics that are aligned with your process maturity and stakeholder objectives. This session is intended for site, division, and corporate level ergonomics leaders and sponsors.

March 22: 8:00 to 8:45 AM
Methods for Cost Justifying Ergonomics
Rick Barker, Principal Solutions Strategist

A cost-benefit analysis of an ergonomics project can speed up the approval process. This session discusses the five most common types of information available to justify your job improvements, along with examples of how to gather and present that data within a cost justification. In addition to the traditional approaches, the session introduces the use of a cost-justification estimator as an efficient and effective means for projecting financial benefit. The presenter will demonstrate the application of three different estimator tools with real examples. Participants will be prepared to apply these tools and understand the inputs and outputs.

March 22: 4:00 to 4:30 PM
Quantifying Forceful Exertions in Ergonomics Assessments
Rick Barker, Principal Solutions Strategist

Force is a primary risk factor for musculoskeletal disorders and is a key element of most ergonomics assessments. This session will cover the benefits and limitations of force data collection approaches, as well as the instructions and common mistakes when using the more common approaches. This presentation will take a look at single-task and multi-task evaluation methods to quantify an impact of a force, and use case studies to demonstrate selecting the right combination of force measurement and risk quantification.

March 23: 4:30 to 5:00 PM
Planning and Deploying a Large-Scale Ergonomics Process: Year-by-Year
Kent Hatcher, Director of Ergonomics

This session will review the critical elements of establishing, deploying, and sustaining a large-scale workplace ergonomics process to identify risk factors and prevent musculoskeletal disorders. Based on real-world experience, proven management practices, and data mined from hundreds of successful programs from around the globe, this session will give participants a roadmap to follow year-by-year. We’ll discuss goal setting, implementation, training, design guidelines for engineers, tackling capital projects, program expansion, and more.

March 24: 8:00 to 8:30 AM
Toyota Advances its Ergonomics Process with Machine Learning
Katie Grosteffon, CPE, Ergonomics Project Manager, Toyota North America
Christy Lotz, Director of Ergonomics, VelocityEHS

Toyota currently operates 10 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and 14 total in North America. All the company’s plants follow the Toyota Production System, which is aimed at implementing low-cost improvements that result in measurable impact. Toyota is known for its long-term and sustainable ergonomics process and has now taken its next step to expedite workplace improvements by implementing machine learning technologies to analyze job tasks faster and get more accurate ergonomics assessments. As a result, teams have been able to show significant strides in their focus on risk reduction. Participants will learn about the ergonomics process at Toyota, how they rolled our machine learning technologies, and how Toyota used advanced technologies to expedite the job improvement process.

March 24: 11:00 to 11:30 AM
The Societal Burden of Workplace Musculoskeletal Disorders: Impact on Physical/Mental Well-Being and Mortality
Blake McGowan, Director of Ergonomics Research

Research has demonstrated that occupational injuries, such as workplace musculoskeletal disorders due to poor ergonomic design, impact employee physical/mental well-being and mortality. MSDs are a key factor in opioid-related prescription, abuse, and overdose deaths. Recent research found that 57% of those who died had at least one prior workplace MSD. Workplace MSDs are also associated with a 20% increase in mortality. During this session, participants will learn that it’s critical to implement workplace interventions to reduce hazards that lead to MSDs. This includes deploying a comprehensive and systematic process for identifying, analyzing, and controlling workplace risk factors.

Visit the Applied Ergonomics website for the full conference schedule.