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A Bright Future for 3D SSPP™ – 3D Static Strength Prediction Program

VelocityEHS recently announced exclusive rights to sell and support 3D Static Strength Prediction Program™ (3D SSPP™), an ergonomics job analysis and design tool originally developed by the University of Michigan Center for Ergonomics. With this innovative and research-proven ergonomics technology, VelocityEHS’ Humantech continues to lead the industry by delivering a comprehensive suite of assessment tools that improve the … Continued

Our Conferences are Canceled: Now What? Opioid Abuse and Workplace Injuries

In this month’s installment of “Our Conferences are Canceled: Now What?” Director of Ergonomics Research Blake McGowan explains that there’s  a connection between musculoskeletal disorder injuries and opioids abuse. Watch. To combat the opioid crisis, EHS professionals need to: Understand there is a connection between poor ergonomics and the opioid crisis. Resource the problem to … Continued

The Bottom Line: Corporate Boards – What Motivates Their Engagement in OHS?

Swedish researchers conducted a study to determine what drives corporate boards to engage in Occupational Health and Safety initiatives and what influences the level of their engagement. Director of Research Blake McGowan, CPE, shares the findings. The five drivers of corporate board engagement are: legal compliance serious event external expectations good for business moral values … Continued

The Bottom Line: How Does Your Work Schedule Impact Workplace Injuries?

Researchers from Harvard University conducted a systematic review of 29 high-quality studies to determine the impact of work schedules on the risk of workplace injuries. Certified ergonomist Blake McGowan explains in this month’s installment. The impact of your work schedule on workplace injuries are: Injuries increase exponentially for every hour worked beyond 8 hours. Injuries … Continued

The Bottom Line: The Impact of Mental Stress on Workplace Injuries

Stress can cause a wide range of negative physical and mental health outcomes, and as a result can can lead to workplace injuries. Director of Ergonomics Research Blake McGowan shares the results of a study that confirmed these findings. The impact of stress on workplace injuries are: increases in mental stress increases spinal forces during … Continued

The Bottom Line: Job Rotation Increases Overall Musculoskeletal Disorder Risk

Many organizations use job rotation as a method to reduce the risk of injuries. But, mounting evidence shows the opposite. Recently, Sean Gallagher and colleagues from Auburn University evaluated its effectiveness to reduce MSD risk based on the Fatigue Failure Model. Director of Ergonomics Research Blake McGowan explains. Job Rotation Results on Reducing MSD Risk … Continued

The Bottom Line: Working from Home – Employer Tips

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an abrupt shift in the nature of how and where we work. The sudden shift to “work from home” has been typically done without consideration of two essential elements in the management of work: human factors and ergonomics. Michelle Robertson and Kathleen Mosier, representing the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) and … Continued

EHS Experts Looking Out for Each Other at VelocityEHS Virtual Conference

On May 21, VelocityEHS is bringing together over 1,000 EHS professionals for The Short Conference, a quick, one-day virtual gathering of thought leaders and industry experts. The centerpiece of the online event is a hand-selected panel of four EHS professionals who have walked-the-walk of keeping workers safe and productive during these unprecedented and rapidly-evolving times. … Continued

Q & A with Exoskeleton Expert He (Helen) Huang

Thanks to all the researchers who have shared their stories during this blog series. Even though I was unable to attend the WearRAcon 20 conference because it went virtual due to COVID-19, I still learned a lot and connected with many. In my last interview, Dr. He (Helen) Huang, Jackson Family Distinguished Professor of Biomedical … Continued

Q & A with Exoskeleton Expert Amy Wu

I’m thrilled to highlight the work of Amy Wu, Assistant Professor,  Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen’s University, in this installment of “Q&A with Exoskeleton Experts” blog series. The series began after WearRAcon 20 conference went virtual due to COVID-19. I appreciate all the email discussions I’ve had. Past interviews are found below. Q1:  … Continued