Roundtable/Master Track Discussions

Engage in meaningful dialogue at our Roundtable and Master Track Discussions. These sessions are designed for deep dives into specialized topics, from ergonomic assessments to the future of workplace design. Led by industry experts, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions, share experiences, and collaborate on solutions. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a newcomer, these discussions offer a unique platform to expand your knowledge and network.

Virtual Motion Capture and Assessments: Let's Hear from Vendors!

Tuesday, March 26

Two years ago, our master track panelists related Beta testing, strengths, and limitations of virtual motion capture and assessments. Last year, practitioners discussed their experience using the technology to capture video, upload into the system and how the assessments were being used. This year, the Master Track will open with comments from leading academicians and practitioners then move into vendors addressing challenges they face, current technology gains and what the future holds. This session is not to be missed..

Panelists:

  • Robert Radwin, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Jim Potvin, Potvin Biomechanics, Inc.
  • Shane Larson, Inseer, Inc.
  • Blake McGowan, VelocityEHS
  • Matt Jeffs, Tumeke Ergonomics
  • Heather Chapman, Soter Analytics
  • Steven Fischer, University of Waterloo
  • Lisa Kreft, 3motionAI

Cart Handling: Push-Pull Force Update and Vendor Initiatives

Wednesday, March 27

From transporting people to moving material across a factory, manually pushing and pulling a wheeled vessel can be a challenge. Not only are the horizontal force applications critical but other unique parameters including noise, load integrity, navigating challenging surfaces (both rough and ultra-smooth), and long distances are important considerations in selecting the best caster for the application. We will open the session by hearing from industry/university about their cart/caster program and/or concerns. Next, caster & cart vendors have been assembled to discuss industry’s concerns, challenges they face, recent advances and what the future holds. Come ready to ask your questions.

Panelists:

  • Rob Jorden, Blickle USA
  • Eric Hassen, Caster Connection, Inc.
  • Madeline Shoot, Darcor Limited
  • Brent Bowers, John Deere
  • Connie Brown, Amgen
  • Neal Wiggermann, Baxter
  • Bob Fox, University of Michigan

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion AND Ergonomics

Wednesday, March 27

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) remains a current topic and AEC ‘23 feedback indicated we should continue the discussion of how ergonomics and DEI overlap. When done well, ergonomics allows and enables a diverse, equitable and inclusive group of workers to be represented in the workplace within a central theme to accommodate all genders, ages, fitness levels, capabilities (and inabilities), generations, races, ethnicities, cultures, and other varying characteristics in the workplace. To broaden the discussion, we broadened the panelists background to include those in metal forming and assembly, insurance, sustainability, academia, and a safety advocate agency. Come listen to their views on this vital topic.

Panelists:

  • Micah Gorena, Doctors of Physical Therapy
  • Shandrea Middlebrook, Lennox International, Inc.
  • Anuja Patil, CNA
  • Brian Sherman, Pentair
  • Taylor Mosser, National Safety Council
  • Bob Fox, University of Michigan

Is It Possible to Develop Holistic Ergonomics Assessment Tools?

Wednesday, March 27

Most job evaluations conducted by ergonomics practitioners focus on physical work demands to assess injury risk.  Researchers have consistently identified the impact of individual traits, the work environment, and work organization on injury causation, but current assessment tools largely ignore these factors as inputs. Roundtable panelists from both industry and academia will share their knowledge and views on topics such as: Would a more comprehensive assessment tool be valuable and useful to industry? What additional inputs should be added, based on the latest research? Is it feasible to gather this type of information? Audience insights will be encouraged. 

Panelists:

  • Rammohan Maikala, National Safety Council
  • Ming-Lun Lu, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Niki Howard, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
  • Murray Gibson, Saturn Ergonomics/Auburn University
  • Gary Allread, The Ohio State University, SRI-Ergonomics

Physical Demands Analysis: A Key Driver to Organizational Health and Safety

Thursday, March 28

If the past has taught us anything, it’s that businesses need to be more agile and able to respond to our constantly changing world. This determines the health of an organization. Still, many EHS leaders remain haunted by the ghosts of EHS management’s past — struggling with reactive tasks (like incident investigations) rather than proactive ones like implementing a robust Physical Demands Analysis (PDA) program. Shifting focus to a proactive approach for managing an organization’s health and safety not only maintains a healthier, more productive workforce but ultimately saves significantly on both direct and indirect costs of workplace injuries.

Panelists:

  • James Rethaber, Fit for Work
  • Wendy Chelette, Fit for Work
  • Patrick O'Connor, WorkSTEPS
  • Rick Barker, VelocityEHS

How to Lead Successful Results Driven Ergo Teams

Thursday, March 28

Learn how to create an engaging ergo team that gets along and gets results. We will discuss how to find simple, fun ways to educate your frontline employees in ways that they will remember and can share. We will also share lessons and examples of efforts that have worked well within our companies, which tend to stand the test of time. Audience members will share with each other what has and has not worked well with their ergo teams. We will also address the hurdles that ergo teams face regarding buy-in, engagement and participation on the team, and solution generation and discuss ways to remove those hurdles.

Panelists:

  • Keith White, Lennox International, Inc.
  • Davana Pilczuk, Cintas
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