Registration for #AppliedErgo2019 is now open

Sign up and reserve your spot at the Applied Ergonomics Conference 2019 by Jan. 21 and save up to $400 in registration fees. You can also reserve your Exhibit Hall pass.

Keynote Speaker: William S. Marras, Ph.D., CPE

The Honda Chair in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at The Ohio State University and director of its Spine Research Institute is set to present on March 26.

AEC Free Webinar Series

The Applied Ergonomics Conference Committee hosts a series of free webinars to showcase the valuable content at AEC. Check out the upcoming schedule and past recordings.


Big ideas in the Big Easy

Be a part of the conference where attendees gather from around the world to share best practices with other professionals in ergonomics, healthcare, safety, human resources and risk management.

The specific educational tracks of the 2019 conference include:

  • Advancements in Ergonomics
  • Ergonomics In Action
  • Ergonomics in Health, Safety and the Environment (HSE)
  • Ergonomics Programs
  • Master Track
  • Multi-Skilled Ergonomics Practitioners
  • Office Ergonomics Programs and Applications
  • Posters

Click here to register for the conference.

Message from the president

We've been told that "sitting is the new smoking," but research may show that it's all about movement instead of working in a static posture. So, let's start here: research that followed nearly 5,000 middle-aged to older civil servants found that, "Sitting behaviour is not associated with incident diabetes over 13 years." In addition, The Lancet published results from more than a million men and women, which concluded that high levels of moderate-intensity physical activity (i.e., about 60-75 minutes per day) seem to eliminate the increased risk of death associated with extended periods of sitting. They further found that high activity levels lessen, but do not eliminate, the increased risk associated with extended amounts of TV viewing.

And what about the research showing that standing isn't necessarily good for you either? A study of workers in sitting versus standing occupations found those that required predominantly standing positions had an almost two-fold increased risk of developing heart disease than in those whose occupations involved mostly sitting. Another study reported that the difference in energy expenditure of tasks carried out in sitting compared to standing is negligible, and it was also found that standing causes more overall discomfort and fatigue than sitting. In addition, CNN recently published an article titled, "Standing Desk Recommendations Based on Weak Science" based on analyses of several studies on the topic (you can read them here and here if you like).

So, sitting or standing - which is the right thing?  The bottom line is that any static posture - whether sitting or standing - is not good for the body.  Movement is the real key to get the blood circulating through the muscles. Research has shown that energy expenditure is greater for postural transitions than either sitting or standing and that adding movement to those postural changes increases it even more. So, you need to make the effort and take the time to change your posture often throughout the day. That is, sit for a while, stand for a while, and most importantly, just get up and move around!

As always, we welcome your suggestions and your continued efforts to get the word out about the Society by telling your friends and colleagues about AES.

Teresa A. Bellingar, AES President
Ben Zavitz, AES President-Elect

AES Member Spotlight - Glenn Harrington

Glenn Harrington has been an ergonomics practitioner for over 30 years and is a certified professional ergonomist. Early in his career, he began his own ergonomics consulting company, which specialized in the development and delivery of ergonomics training programs and workstation analyses. For the past 19 years, Harrington has been an ergonomist and ergonomics supervisor with Ford Motor Co.  He is the Ford-Lead for ergonomics on the UAW-Ford National Joint Committee for Health and Safety (NJCHS). Together with his UAW-Lead, they support the Local Ergonomic Committees in over 40 assembly, powertrain, stamping and warehousing facilities across the U.S. This support includes the development and delivery of training, review and support for yearly action plans, plant coaching visits and issue resolution.

For those who may be just entering the ergonomics profession, Harrington recommends not overestimating the amount of ergonomics knowledge of those responsible for designing workstations, parts, tooling and equipment. He cautions that you should not assume that design engineers have a good understanding of ergonomics and, in particular, the physical and cognitive demands required to complete the work in question. This is often because design engineers have had little-to-no ergonomics training or experience doing the work they are designing (although Harrington is thankful this is improving). Conversely, he suggests one never underestimate the importance of getting the operators of the new equipment, tools, or workstations involved early-on in the design process and to continually seek their feedback.

As a member of the Applied Ergonomics Society, one of Harrington's expectations is to gain insight on new ideas that companies are using to monitor, improve, and motivate their existing ergonomic teams for continued improvement and success in reducing workplace injuries.

Along with passion for ergonomics, Harrington enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and being active in the great outdoors.

Injury Prevention Efforts for Housekeepers

While it may be surprising to some, housekeepers working in hotels have higher rates of injuries than employees in many other industries. These include both acute injuries (such as trips and falls when cleaning bathrooms) and cumulative trauma (e.g., lifting mattresses, pulling linens from beds, pushing heavy supply carts). And, according to Cal/OSHA, these types of injuries continue to increase.

This led the California to adopt a new workplace safety standard aimed to protect these workers from injury. Known as the Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program, this regulation became effective on July 1. It requires hotel and lodging employers in the state to develop:

  • Procedures that identify and evaluate housekeeping hazards, using work site assessments that include input from housekeepers themselves.
  • Procedures to study musculoskeletal injuries that housekeepers incur.
  • Methods aimed to correct hazards that are identified.
  • Training programs for employees and supervisors, regarding safe work practices and controls.
  • Processes that allow for early injury symptoms reporting to employers.

While this regulation applies only in California, the program elements can be put into use anywhere. More details are available online.

Considering a Degree in Ergonomics?

Many employees, from health and safety professionals, to engineers, to process improvement specialists, use ergonomics information and knowledge as part of their day-to-day responsibilities. But did you know that formal education specific to human factors and ergonomics is available, even at the undergraduate level? If not, and you are considering a career in ergonomics, consider looking into these undergraduate programs:

(We apologize for any inadvertent omissions in this list.)

Help Recognize Your Colleagues With an IISE Award

The IISE Industry Awards are an excellent way for you to nominate a colleague who is doing outstanding work in industrial & systems engineering. Several award categories are available, including leadership and service. Review the list below, and submit your nominations! The deadline is Dec.1.

For details on all awards click here 

Three Levels of AES Membership 

There are 3 unique levels of membership intended to meet the needs of everyone in this community:

  • Students - we want to provide students the opportunity to network and develop in this profession. AES will help them share solutions and obtain professional certifications, as well as provide ongoing professional development.
    Price: $37 for IISE membership and an additional $5 for AES membership
  • Professionals - This level includes full benefits from IISE including:
    • The monthly ISE magazine
    • Webinars
    • Member discounts on conferences and training
    • Membership in IISE Connect, the new vibrant online community
    • A subscription to IISE’s quarterly journal for occupational ergonomics
    Price: $154 for IISE membership and an additional $35 for AES membership
    Note: There is a $15 processing fee for first-time professional members.

  • Affiliate Members - focused on people working on the shop floor or other settings who may be participating in the Ergo Cup. Benefits include short, modular online training courses in applied ergonomics, safety and other areas. They will have opportunities to network, share ideas on workplace improvement and continued development and support for applied ergonomics in the workplace.
    Price: $77 for AES only membership
 New Members - Join Here Existing IISE Members - Join Here 

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