The internationally recognized Ergo Cup® competition, sponsored by the Ergonomics Center of North Carolina and Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University and presented by IISE, provides an exciting opportunity for companies to highlight their successful ergonomic solutions. The general theme across all Ergo Cup® categories is innovation.
Five Ergo Cup® awards are presented annually for outstanding solutions through training, engineering and teamwork.
Click here to view the past Ergo Cup® winning teams, and click here to see highlights from the 2016 competition.
Two Ergo Cups will be offered in this category: one for organizations who conduct internal Ergo Cup competitions and another for those who do not. The criteria for the Team-driven Workplace Solutions are the same for both groups. Those organizations who submit an entry to the internal competition category will be asked to identify their project on the submission form.
At least 75 percent of the problem-solving effort is conducted by in-house individuals whose primary responsibilities involve production and maintenance. Some technical support by in-house health and safety, engineering/ergonomist staff is permitted as members of the team or as support of the team. Support from outside consultants is permitted but only company representatives are permitted on the presentation team if selected as an Ergo Cup contestant.
Two Ergo Cups will be offered in this category: one for organizations who conduct internal Ergo Cup competitions and another for those who do not. The criteria for the Engineering/Ergonomist-Driven Workplace Solutions are the same for both groups. Those organizations who submit an entry to the internal competition category will be asked to identify their project on the submission form.
At least 75 percent of the problem-solving effort is conducted by in-house engineers and ergonomists. Some technical support from outside consultants is permitted, but most activities are conducted by in-house resources. Only company representatives are permitted on the presentation.
Must be a planned ergonomic program improvement initiative, process or management system designed to improve the effectiveness of a location's overall comprehensive ergonomics program. Examples include, but are not limited to: ergonomic training programs, incorporation of ergonomics into change management systems, ergonomics risk assessment processes, ergonomic prioritization systems, return-to-work programs, office ergonomic programs and ergonomic programs designed for mobile and/or telecommuter employees.
In addition to the Ergo Cup®, five Ergo Excellence awards are bestowed. The Ergo Excellence awards are chosen by ballot of all conference attendees. The criteria for these awards are the same as for the Ergo Cup.
InnovationThe entry represents newly created devices or processes (for workplace solutions), delivery approaches (in the case of training), or was created or significantly improved through study and experimentation.
SimplicityThe solution or training is simple and straightforward.
Cost savingsThe entry provides an attractive Return on Investment (ROI).
Ergonomic riskThe solution or education approach significantly reduces or eliminates ergonomic risk.
Presentation qualityThe problem, solution and impact are clear.
The Ergo Cup winners are selected by an invited panel of judges. Each team will be presented with a plaque in recognition of their participation.
Learn how to prepare and compete in the Ergo Cup® competition:
How to Submit a Winning Ergo Cup Entry
Presented by AEC - GOErgo
Presenters: Monica Matlis, CPE, vice president, ergonomics practices, Axendia and Wayne Maynard, CSP, CPE, manager, Liberty Mutual Research Institute
This webinar, facilitated by the Ergo Cup® co-chairs, will provide valuable tips for enhancing your online application thereby improving the competitiveness of your Ergo Cup® entry.
As a result of attending this webinar, you will learn which category your entry will best fit:
Presenters: Lisa Brooks, General Electric Co.; José Banaag, Honda of America Manufacturing Inc.; Richard D. Pagnotta, PPG Industries Inc.This seminar will provide the opportunity for participants to learn from the experiences of three companies who have collectively been conducting internal Ergo Cup® competitions for nearly 20 years. GE, PPG Industries and Honda of America have all been holding and making incremental improvements to their company's Ergo Cup® programs for several years. They will discuss the current design of their programs and share how their Ergo Cup® programs have evolved over the years. The resources, materials, timing/scheduling, incentives, and the costs of conducting an internal Ergo Cup® program will all be discussed. Additionally, each company will share the benefits, both intended and unintended, that they have experienced as a result of their Ergo Cup® programs.
Presenter: Monica MatlisDuring this webinar, Matlis will share her experiences on creating a winning Ergo Cup booth without breaking the budget. You will learn "must-haves" to help you communicate your story and impress on the judges and conference attendees the results you have achieved through the implementation of your project. Matlis, a multiple winner of the Ergo Cup and Excellence awards, is now a member of the Ergo Cup Judging panel. As a judge, she will also share the criteria judges look for when evaluating an Ergo Cup entry.
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