Roundtable/Master Track Discussions

Roundtable and Master Track sessions provide an interactive format for attendees to share problems and successes with each other around a particular topic. Participants may be asked to bring questions or examples, which will then be shared with the group-at-large for discussions. In some cases, participants may be divided into small groups for a more focused discussion. Roundtable and Master Track session attendees should plan on attending the entire session. Once full, the session will be closed.

Tuesday, March 26

8 – 9:30 a.m.

Is your Workforce Suffering from Cumulative Fatigue? – Master Track Discussion

As our working population ages, cumulative fatigue plays a larger role in increasing the risk of musculoskeletal disorders and decreased employee performance. Want to know more about analyzing cumulative fatigue in your workplace?  This master track explores the research behind selected tools used in our field and provides practical examples and applications across various industries. Join us to explore what the best analysis tools for your application might be and perhaps where to find them for free.

3 – 5 p.m.

Effects of Prolonged Use of Mixed Reality Systems in Occupational Settings  Master Track Discussion

Augmented or mixed reality devices overlay computer-generated sensory information that alters one’s current view of the real world. Gaming, military, and instructional applications are fairly prevalent, however, industrial applications are still in their infancy despite this dramatic increase in commercial products. Being a novel application to industry, designers of these systems have focused on function; but have only given a cursory look towards user population safety, ergonomic risk hazards, and long-term exposure concerns. How should designers design for human safety use concerns while maintaining system function? Besides form and function what, if any, safety considerations should public consumers and industries contemplate before buying commercial ready off-the-shelf systems? Ultimately, how do we use ergonomics assessments to better design, assess, and demonstrate business case use of mixed reality devices to benefit labor-intensive occupational tasks? The session will start with initial lectures and introductions from the panel, followed by an encouraged panel discussion with the audience led by the moderators.

Wednesday, March 27

8 – 9:30 a.m.

Prioritizing Ergonomics in the HSE Field – Roundtable Discussion

In manufacturing industries, maintaining regulatory compliance with OSHA and the EPA tend to take precedence for the HSE professionals. Where does Ergonomics fall on the spectrum of priorities?  If you are struggling to answer this question for your facility, come listen to masters in the industry who have found a balance. Come learn how they were able to convince management that ergonomic design factors are just as important as potential chemical exposures, environmental releases and falls from heights.

1:30 – 3 p.m.

Exoskeletons - Are they Worth it? – Master Track Discussion

Exoskeletons are no longer just something you see on a science fiction movie. More and more they are being utilized in industrial, construction and medical work environments to help reduce worker exposure while helping to increase productivity and quality. This session will focus on four real life scenarios where use of exoskeletons in work environments have reduced risk and improved the bottom line. Attendees will be able to see how companies adopted use of the tools and question the panel on challenges and successes achieved from their use.

3:30 – 5 p.m.

How to Effectively Communicate with the C-Suite – Master Track Discussion

It is essential for an ergonomist or safety professional to be able to effectively communicate with the C-Suite (CEO, CFO, CIO, etc.) in order to advance their initiatives and gain financial support for ergonomic interventions. This panel session will discuss effective techniques for communicating your ergonomics value proposition with business/financial decision makers. Build your confidence by asking the panel questions and hearing the Do’s and Don’ts when talking to the C-Suite.

Thursday, March 28

8 – 9:30 a.m.

Building Office Ergonomics Programs – Roundtable Discussion

Are you building an office ergonomics program?  Do you already have an office ergonomics program but are looking for ways to improve it?  Are you wondering how to incorporate sit/stand stations into your office ergonomics offerings?  If you answered yes to any of these questions this Master Track session is for you. Come learn from those who have been part and are part of building office ergonomics programs from the ground up and have successfully implemented sit/stand options. These masters in the industry will share their assessment tools, processes and program options to help you bring your program to the next level.

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Bridging the Gap Between Educational Research and Industry – Master Track Discussion

In this session you will hear from both educational and industry professionals on how educational research can benefit both sides. Many businesses have limited resources to conduct proper research and evaluations to manage risk factors that contribute to ergonomic related injuries, production shortfalls and quality issues. Educational research can help to support the industrial needs while advancing the skill sets of those in the educational field with real world conditions. This panel will be made up of leading professionals in the ergonomics field from both the educational and business settings. Come and learn how your company can access this valuable resource.