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Product Review: Steelcase Adjustable Footrest

VelocityEHS ergonomist Brandon Beltzman takes a look at an adjustable footrest by Steelcase.

Working from Home: The Case for Ergonomics

Now that 42 percent of the workforce has been working remotely (due to COVID-19), 74 percent of companies are planning to make the shift to remote work permanent. By doing this, workers save on operating costs, and employers save on overhead. But what happens when an employee working from home gets injured? Continue Reading Working from Home: The Case for Ergonomics

The Bottom Line: Why the Rise in Workplace Knee Injuries?

Researchers from Finland and The Netherlands conducted a  systematic review of 15 high-quality studies about the relationship between physically demanding work and knee injuries. Director of Ergonomics Research Blake McGowan explains the findings in this video installment. In summary, work-related squatting and kneeling contribute to knee injuries and surgeries. better workplace design and equipment can… Continue Reading The Bottom Line: Why the Rise in Workplace Knee Injuries?

The Bottom Line: Working from Home: Workstation Tips

The sudden directive to work from home, caused by COVID-19, didn’t give organizational leaders time to provide its employees with the proper equipment or the training on how to use it. Michelle Robertson and Kathleen Mosier, representing the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), provide tips for setting up a workstation… Continue Reading The Bottom Line: Working from Home: Workstation Tips

How to Use Design Guidelines to Create a Successful Ergonomics Process

During the launch and management of any ergonomics program, multiple tools are available for measuring risk levels and tracking data, but nothing is more critical to the success of a company-wide ergonomics program than the effective implementation of a set of design guidelines for ergonomics. These standards apply to all levels of development and all… Continue Reading How to Use Design Guidelines to Create a Successful Ergonomics Process

Tips for Effective Online Training

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work has become the new normal for many of us, including myself, which can be a considerable adjustment. By working remotely, we are participating in more virtual sessions like conference calls, webinars, and online training. This requires us to re-examine how to learn and collaborate despite our physical separation.… Continue Reading Tips for Effective Online Training

Our Conferences are Canceled: Now What? (Part 3)

“The number of non-fatal injuries has decreased, but fatal ones are up,” said Phil Molé, EHS and Sustainability Expert in a recently recorded On-Demand webinar. “OSHA’s Recordkeeping Standard: Your Guide to Compliance” is a topic that Molé planned to present this year before COVID-19 caused our conferences to be canceled or postponed. As the VelocityEHS… Continue Reading Our Conferences are Canceled: Now What? (Part 3)

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: … Continue Reading Q & A with Exoskeleton Expert Amy Wu

Our Conferences are Canceled – Now What? (Part 2)

Ohio has the second-highest rate of opioid deaths in the U.S with 39.2 opioid-involved overdose deaths/100,000 persons (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017). “MSDs & Opioids: Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on the Opioid Epidemic” was just one of the many sessions canceled when The Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, March 11-13, 2020, was shut… Continue Reading Our Conferences are Canceled – Now What? (Part 2)

Q & A with Exoskeleton Expert Maury Nussbaum

I definitely missed the WearRAcon 20 conference this year, but am grateful for the interviews I’ve had with leading researchers in the field. Today, I am highlighting Maury Nussbaum, Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, co-Director of the Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics Laboratories, and Director of the Occupational Safety and Health Research Center at Virginia… Continue Reading Q & A with Exoskeleton Expert Maury Nussbaum