Wednesday, August 20, 2014


11:30 am - 1:30 pm


Maggiano's at Cumberland Mall
1601 Cumberland Mall, SE Atlanta,GA.30339


Economics of Ergonomics


Alan Hedge - see bio below


$30 members before 8/15; $35 members after 8/15; non-members $45


8/15.; 404-766-1632, ext 25

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This program is approved for 0.1 CEU’s from IACET

Course Description:
This presentation examines in detail the economic impact of ergonomic design interventions in commercial office environments. The talk reviews various cost justification metrics that can be used to evaluate the impact of an ergonomics program. It examines the benefits of ergonomics as an attribute of designed products and the role of ergonomic designs in injury prevention. It describes the traditional steps involved in a reactive ergonomics program and discusses the benefits and limitations of this approach. It then describes the requirements for a proactive ergonomics program and argues for the benefits of this approach. To illustrate the economic impact of ergonomic programs the talk presents a series of research cases including studies with various projects from the state of New Jersey, organizations in New York City, software companies, sales offices, and law firms. It shows that the return on investment for ergonomics interventions makes these highly cost-effective and the details the financial benefits of ergonomics.

Learning Objectives
1. After this course the attendee will be familiar with a variety of ergonomic design interventions for commercial workplaces.
2. After this course the attendee will be familiar with the evidence-based research on effective ergonomic design interventions.
3. After this course the attendee will be familiar with measures, metrics and return-on-investment concepts as these relate to the ergonomic design of workplaces.
4. After this course the attendee will have a better understanding of the benefits of proactive versus reactive ergonomics, and the power of design to significantly impact the well-being and productivity of employees.

Speaker’s Bio:

Alan Hedge is a Professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University and a Research Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University. He also directs the Cornell Human Factors and Ergonomics laboratory.

His research and teaching activities focus on ergonomic designs that promote health, comfort and productivity, especially in healthcare and office workplaces.

He is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and was awarded the 2003 Alexander Williams Design Award and the 2009 Oliver Hansen Outreach Award. He is also a Fellow of the Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors, a Fellow of the International Ergonomics Association, and a Certified Professional Ergonomist.

He has published three books, more than 30 chapters and 200 articles on these topics. He is on the editorial board of several ergonomic and related journals.

He frequently appears in the media, including TV, radio, newspaper and magazine articles.



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