Center to deliver workshop and presentation at NECE

The Ergonomics Center will deliver the workshop, “Reducing Manual Materials Handling (MMH) Injuries – A Prerequisite for World-class Safety” on August 22, 2017 at the National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition (NECE) in Las Vegas, NV. Tim McGlothlin, MS, CPE and Jeff Hoyle, MS, CPE, will be the co-presenters.

Overexertions from manual materials handling continue to be the leading cause of disabling injuries at work. Representing nearly one quarter of all injuries, these overexertions are generally associated with lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, and carrying tasks. Companies cannot be truly world­class unless they can identify and reduce these manual materials handling issues. This workshop shows the attendee how to evaluate the effectiveness of potential solutions prior to implementation. All attendees will receive instructional manuals and basic software.

In addition to this workshop, Jeff Hoyle, Director of Ergonomics Services, will deliver a presentation entitled, “Upper Extremity Ergonomics Evaluations and Solutions: Case Studies”. The date and time of this presentation is still to be determined.

Upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders continue to be a significant burden to individuals, workplaces, and economies. Ergonomics teams (made up of hourly employees, supervisors, engineers, and safety representatives) were formed to help recognize, evaluate, and control ergonomic risks to the upper extremities (UE) in industrial environments. Under the guidance of a CPE, such teams used UE analysis tools and their knowledge of the workplace to brainstorm, trial, & implement practical application-based solutions to mitigate ergonomic risks to the UE.  Several application-specific industrial case studies showing before and after results of how team-driven solutions mitigated ergonomic risks to the upper extremities will be presented.