Featured Speakers

Presenters with accomplished background, experience and expertise in the selected area as well as the field of ergonomics are invited by the Applied Ergonomics Conference Chairs to present on a specific topic that is of interest to attendees. Featured speakers for each of the 2017 conference focus areas are highlighted in the program. During these sessions, participants will hear about the strategies, tactics, successes, challenges and results from the speakers. These presentations run for 50 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&As; no advance registration is required. 

Tuesday, March 28
8 – 8:40 a.m.

Ergonomics and Return on Investment
Vince Baudo, CNA Insurance

Safety professionals and ergonomists often struggle to have their ergonomic related expenditures approved. During this presentation we will discuss the barriers that safety professionals encounter and discuss proven techniques to speak the language of management so that more projects will be approved. We will also discuss what management should expect from proposals that are submitted by safety professionals and consultants and we will conclude with success stories to illustrate ways to quantify the return on investment.

Tuesday, March 28
8:50 – 9:30 a.m.

Ergo Moneyball: Playing the Buy-in Game Differently
Davana Pilczuk, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

In 2002 the Oakland Athletics were the third lowest salaried team in major league baseball. They had one of the lowest payrolls in the league and General Manager Billy Beane had a difficult task on his plate: build a top notch major league baseball team on a shoe string budget. What Beane did made history and changed baseball as we know it. The story was first made famous by the book (and movie) Moneyball: The Art of Winning An Unfair Game. It was a true story about how sometimes, in order to win, you have to learn to play the game differently. Studying the A's story and how Beane overcame these challenges, can teach us some great lessons in how we can overcome some very common hurdles faced when developing corporate ergo programs and creating culture change. The audience will learn how to overcome 3 of the biggest hurdles related to ergo programs: gaining management buy-in, creating successful/results producing teams, and working with small budgets. Teaching ergonomists to think like business executives and sports recruiters, will help all practitioners who lead or influence corporate wide ergo programs.

Wednesday, March 29
8:50 – 9:30 a.m.

Healthcare Facility Design: The Impact of Patient Care Ergonomics
Mary Willa Matz, Patient Care Ergonomic Solutions, LLC

Manual patient handling tasks are high risk for musculoskeletal injuries in caregivers and for negative patient outcomes. These tasks require risk control measures that influence the design of the environment of care. This presentation will briefly explain the need for the use of patient handling technology to facilitate safe patient handling and mobility for both patients and caregivers. The presentation will discuss high risk patient handling tasks and how the utilization of patient handling technology impacts the design of the environment of care. Patient care ergonomic design criteria found in the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) Patient Handling and Movement Assessment (PHAMA) will be discussed. This presentation provides the association between high risk patient handling tasks, necessary ergonomic interventions, and their impact on the design of the environment of care.