Topic: Using Ergonomics to Adapt Your Workplace to the Changing Workforce
Bio: Gary Allread - Program Director at SRI-Ergonomics, the consulting and training branch of Ohio State University’s Spine Research Institute. His work involves translating ergonomics and workplace biomechanics research into usable knowledge for industry. He manages and provides ergonomics technical assistance to industrial clients, with the focus on preventing musculoskeletal disorders across a wide variety of occupational work settings, including manufacturing, distribution, and food processing. For the past 20+ years, Gary has organized the popular short course, Putting Ergonomics into Practice. Gary has a PhD from Ohio State
Description: Employees in today’s workforce vary in many ways, including job experience, age, and body size. Some of these differences have become even more prominent just in the past decade. This discussion will focus on the workplace issues that may arise from those individuals who are less experienced, older, or carrying additional weight. It will describe recent trends, the impact of these traits on the workplace, and both short- and long-term ergonomics-based solutions to keep these, and all other, employees safe and healthy.
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