Industry 4.0 What Does it Mean to the Ergonomist?

2 p.m. ET, Thursday, Feb. 13 | Register now

Presenter: Allison Stephens, coordinator, Fanshawe College, London Ontario

Industry 4.0 is the name given to the next revolution in manufacturing and production. It has been proclaimed the future of work. Ergonomics by definition is the study of efficient and safe work. So where are all of the ergonomists? Ergonomics is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance. This webinar is intended as a call to arms for ergonomists to engage in the design, implementation, and regulation of the future work.

Many have written about the need to focus on the human in these changing times. There are articles warnings of consequences when the human is not considered fully, descriptions of complex system designs and the potential for error. There is a frustrating lack of actionable advice on how to include the human voice in Industry 4.0. The following is a collection of ideas for the ergonomics, health and safety community on how to begin involving themselves in the Industry 4.0 movement. We will touch on many aspects of Industry 4.0 in this webinar and will follow up with a presentation at the AEC conference.

Allison Stephens is recognized as a world leader in the field of ergonomics, and has had global responsibility for ergonomics at Ford Motor Company for 30 years. She has numerous publications and awards including "innovation" in the Ergo Cup, and “Creativity in Ergonomics,” and Lifetime Achievement award from USCAR.

Allison is currently the coordinator for the Advanced Ergonomic Studies program at Fanshawe College, London Ontario. Here she is sharing her love of ergonomics and is coaching the next generation of ergonomists.