Thank you for your interest in AEC webinars. These free one-hour presentations by knowledgeable professionals and experienced volunteers provide deeper insight into topics and issues involving industrial engineers, human factors/ergonomics professionals, healthcare providers and related professions.

Most ergonomics programs focus on the analytical processes needed to conduct job evaluations, implement solutions, and prioritize and find budgets to fund ergo projects. What most people are not taught are the hidden strategies that make these initiatives move more smoothly.

AEC 2023

Leadership Principles for Ergonomist

Presenter: Tami Blackwell, CPE, MISE, MBA, ergonomics consultant with BSI Consulting Services

As ergonomist, we often don't think of ourselves as "leaders." In our minds, leaders are the folks with titles like “manager,” “officer,” “director,” or “president.” In this webinar you will learn that no matter what your title — you are a leader!

As an in-house ergonomist for over 10 years, I have led numerous employee-driven ergo teams and developed, implemented, and directed company-wide ergonomic programs. For the past five years as a consultant, I have provided solutions and guidance to many clients and their employees for their ergonomic strategies, programs, and efforts. While I have never had the the title of “manager,” these activities required strong, positive influence on others. I know from experience that effective leadership skills are essential to being an effective ergonomist!

This webinar will examine leadership principles from eight leadership books and seven great leaders. Throughout the webinar, we will learn how to apply these principles to our lives and work as safety and ergonomics professionals. The goal of this webinar is to encourage participants to see themselves as great leaders and to use their position of influence to positively affect the lives of others.

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Methods for Cost-Justifying Ergonomics

Presenter: Rick Barker, principal solutions strategist for VelocityEHS

A cost-benefit analysis of an ergonomics project can speed up the approval process. The credibility of your information can be a factor in whether the job improvement gets funded. This session discusses common types of information available to justify your improvements along with examples of how to gather and present that data within a cost justification.

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Finding & Sparking Inspiration for Ergonomics Solutions

Presenter: Bobbie Watts, Ph.D., CPE, director of ergonomics for Michelin Americas

Solution development is a critical component to a successful ergonomics program. However, sometimes it can be challenging to identify an effective solution to a specific problem, especially if commonly known mitigations are not applicable or feasible. Sometimes the problem requires a new, innovative solution.

This presentation will present various strategies, tips and activities that can be used to help open up the creative flow in you and/or your team members to guide you towards creative solution development. This presentation will also explore how to find solutions or inspiration for solutions in unusual, yet very common places.

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High-Reliability Organizations in Healthcare

A joint webinar brought to you by the Applied Ergonomics Society and the IISE Body of Knowledge
Dr. David Claudio and Dr. Jon Boyer

Is it a repackaging of conventional ISE tools and methods, or is there something more? In 2017, Frankel et al.1 published a white paper on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) website, discussing a holistic framework for healthcare organizations to improve patient safety continuously and reliably. The scheme, which was based on findings by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, centers around patient and family engagement and considers the organization’s leadership, culture, and continuous learning and improvement. This framework is the foundation for High-Reliability Organizations (HROs) in healthcare systems. This Webinar will discuss the concept of HROs and their framework to assess and improve human-level deficiencies to prevent errors in healthcare systems.

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Strategies and Challenges in Applying Anthropometric Data in Design

A joint webinar brought to you by AES and the Human Factors Ergonomics Society
 Mitch Carswell, CPE and Bruce Bradtmiller, Ph.D.

This interactive and discussion-based webinar is centered around common anthropometric challenges faced by both academics/researchers and industry/practitioners.

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