Business Value of Ergonomics

Tuesday, June 1, 2 p.m. Eastern time | Register now

Presenter: Nancy Larson, Ph.D., CPE, principal, Nancy LJ Larson Consulting LLC

The business benefits of ergonomics extend beyond the management of musculoskeletal disorders. Through the integration of ergonomics into business processes, improvements in quality, efficiency, employee satisfaction, and profitability may also be realized. Using participatory ergonomics and macroergonomics strategies, ergonomics can be integrated into other initiatives such as Six Sigma, total quality management, sustainability, safety, and support in achieving business objectives. In this webinar, two case studies (one office and one industrial)  will be presented to demonstrate how the integration of ergonomics into business operations contributed to business success.

Nancy Larson, Ph.D., CPE, has been a practicing ergonomist for more than 25 years. Her career has been directed toward the application of human factors and ergonomics technical knowledge within business environments. As manager of the ergonomics programs for two major corporations as well as consulting at dozens of others, understanding technical research and then coordinating the application of that knowledge into everyday business practice has been her primary focus.  

For the last 18 years, Nancy was the manager of 3M's Corporate Ergonomics Program. Previously she managed the ergonomics program for American Express and American Express Financial Advisors and also worked as an ergonomics consultant in a number of industries including healthcare, electronics, meatpacking, manufacturing, and office. Currently, she is a consultant and co-instructor at the University of Minnesota teaching a Foundations of Human Factors and Ergonomics course.

Nancy holds a Ph.D. in industrial design from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and master’s degree in industrial engineering: ergonomics and a bachelor’s in psychology from North Carolina State University. She achieved her board certification as a Professional Ergonomist in 1993 and was inducted as a Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Fellow in 2016. She is the recipient of several awards including the US Governmental Accounting Office for "Best Ergonomics Program", American Express Chairman’s Quality Award, three 3M Chairman's Leadership Awards, 3M's Environmental Health and Safety Lifetime Achievement Award and the HFES Alexander C. Williams, Jr., Design Award.