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 2019 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 26

3 – 4 p.m.

"Cintas Ergo Journey"
Stephen Jenkins, Cintas

Cintas developed a vision for world-class safety and health in the mid-2000s. To help achieve this vision we developed a corporate ergonomics process that fit within our strong corporate culture. In this session, we will discuss how we drove ergonomics through front-line engagement and straight forward goal setting. By using non-expert help to drive design and process changes, we drove simplicity in tools and metrics to engage leadership. We managed this across 700 small workplaces with a distributed workforce to prevent MSDs and reduce their frequency and related costs.

Wednesday, March 27

4 – 5 p.m.

"Hiring a Healthier and More Fit Worker: Wouldn’t It Be Nice Not to Hire the Claim!"
Thomas B. Gilliam, Industrial Physical Capability Services (IPCS)

Andy Galpin, Director of the Biochemistry and Molecular Exercise Physiology Laboratory at Cal State Fullerton recently stated, “what scientists are just now understanding is just how synonymous muscle health is with all health”. If muscle health is synonymous with all health, then it would make sense that muscle health should be synonymous with good ergonomics. The IPCS data analysis shows the worker’s absolute strength today is 23% weaker compared to 10-years ago and is 13 pounds heavier. Muscular strength is critical to good ergonomics and muscular strength can be legally used to screen new hire applicants based on certified job task analyses. When this done, one can expect significant decreases in medical, pharmacy and workers’ comp claim cost and frequency.

Thursday, March 28

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

"Training 'Generation Z' Students and Employees: It Can Be Done!"
Robert Thomas and Richard Sesek, Auburn University

Ergonomics professionals in academia and industry are presently faced with challenges to modify traditional lecture-based training approaches to better suit younger students and employees. Born during the years 1995-2012, these individuals require different and more active teaching approaches than did their predecessors including millennials. These differences were first noted by educators in the K-12 grade levels and more recently in higher education as well as by personnel managers and entry level trainers in industry. Since 2013, faculty in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Auburn University began concentrated efforts to modify instructional methods employed in a sophomore level introductory ergonomics and safety course. A variety of approaches has been employed over a 5-year span of classes (2013-18). These have included ‘flipping” the classroom, group assignments and hands-on activities. Feedback from students suggests their learning experiences have been very positively affected by these new and more active instructional approaches. Local and area industry have exhibited great interest in our efforts particularly in regard to use in training their Generation Z employees. We will present examples of our revised and more effective training approaches including qualitative and quantitative results from course evaluations and research we have conducted!

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