PRE-CONFERENCE Workshops

Take advantage of the opportunity to enhance your skills and boost your learning by participating in a pre-conference workshop. Learn from experienced practitioners who will address your concerns about ergonomics. They are open to all registered in-person conference attendees and require a separate fee.


Monday, March 21

Build an Effective Ergonomics Process

Presenters: Rick Barker and Kristi Hames, Velocity EHS
8 a.m. – Noon ET
Every successful process requires a driver to establish a roadmap and continually monitor progress. If you’re behind the wheel of your ergonomics program, this workshop is for you. Based on ISO 45001 and the Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle of continuous improvement, participants will roll up their sleeves and get to work planning or improving their company’s ergonomics process. This workshop covers the key elements of a written ergonomics plan, considerations for establishing your ergonomics team, activities you can perform to enhance stakeholder alignment, and how to select metrics that are aligned with your process maturity and stakeholder objectives. The workshop combines lecture, role playing, small group activities and discussion. This session is intended for site, division and corporate level ergonomics leaders and sponsors.

Ergonomics Certification – Applying for the Exam – Review of Requirements for Education, Experience and Work Products

Presenter: Robert Smillie, Foundation for Professional Ergonomics
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET
Participants will learn what certification means and what are the basic steps to become certified. To become certified, participants will learn about the core competencies and of what topics they will need to have some knowledge and understanding. Participants will review the BCPE Core Competencies, of which the exam is based. They will learn what percentage of questions go with each competency, what the sub competencies are, and what knowledge and skill are considered critical for each competency. Participants will review all the major subject areas and get an understanding of which areas they will need to address before sitting for the exam. overall subject reviews of key competency areas will be provided.

Creating High Performing Teams

Presenter: Davana Pilczuk, Cintas
1 – 5 p.m. ET
Want to create a great team that gets along AND gets results? Learn the secrets of how to take a random group of people and turn them into a high performing team. By understanding the stages of development teams move through, the leading reason teams have conflict, and how to leverage their unique personalities, you will be able to coach them in ways that will help your ergonomics and safety programs flourish. Students will also learn how to identify and scout out the right team members and how to determine the ideal team size. Whether creating a team from scratch or figuring out how to improve the current team you've go, this class will open your eyes to some simple, helpful tips to bring out the best in the people you work with.

Implementation of Exoskeletons

Presenters: Marisol Barrero, Amazon Web Services; David Brodie, Cargill, Inc.; Ryan Porto, General Motors; and Bill Billotte, Exo Technology Center of Excellence
1 – 5 p.m. ET
Exoskeletons are a hot topic. How do you know if they are right for your organization? How do you being to trial, let alone implement? Experienced members from AExG, a not-for-profit group that fosters an exoskeleton community for users, producers, and other interested members from academia, standards, and research, will showcase their knowledge around exoskeletons. Information on AExG and how its member organizations are utilizing exoskeletons will be presented. How to choose an exoskeleton and how to select appropriate jobs for study will be discussed. Methods to assess exoskeleton effectiveness, both via traditional ergonomics techniques and emerging technologies such as XR and wearable sensors, will be shown. Techniques to assist with exoskeleton trialing and implementation will be described, with the intent of assisting attendees to develop their own unique plans.

Remote Worker Safety, Health, and Well Being

Presenter: Martha Parker, Texas A&M Ergo Center
1 – 5 p.m. ET
Remote work is here to stay, especially as a hybrid option to full-time office work in a traditional setting. Four aspects of remote work will be described – equipment, environment, behavior and policies/programs – and preliminary research results shared as we explore this way of working for office workers. A moderated discussion will be held in which participants will have the opportunity share their own and their organization’s experiences with remote work. Shared discussion points and unanswered questions will be provided near the end of the session.


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