Reimagining Safety @ Work: Working Smarter, Not Harder Ergonomic Webinar Series

Reimagining Safety @ Work: Working Smarter, Not Harder Ergonomic Webinar Series

During the pandemic, businesses have been finding creative ways to enable employees to work remotely. While this has provided a flexible, short-term solution, it has also fast forwarded businesses to re-imagine the ways they do work that improves productivity and business performance while ensuring employee safety.

Item #:  20233

Whether it's understanding the changing work demands amidst COVID, introducing new technology to update traditional work practices, or implementing practical ergonomic strategies to minimize risks like MSDs, we all have a role to play in influencing that way we think about work. After all, it's about working smarter, not harder. Attend one or all of the ergo-related webinars.

Who Should Attend?

  • Health & Safety Professionals
  • Managers/Supervisors
  • Engineers
  • JHSC Reps
  • Ergonomists
  • Maintenance/Operation Managers

Registration Information

  • Webinars will take place February 22 - 26, 2021 and will be 90 minutes in length.
  • There will be a brief Q&A period at the end of each presentation.
  • Registration is required. Spaces are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Save when you register for multiple webinars!


Reimagining Safety @ Work: Working Smarter, Not Harder
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Session Descriptions

February 22, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:30 am EST
How to Successfully Integrate Employee Considerations in System Design: Strategies and Tactics

Dr. Patrick Neumann, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Ryerson University

Ergonomics in the workplace has long been thought of as a 'whack-a-mole' approach to business safety. However, ergonomics plays such an integral role in the way all work across the organization is performed and should be a contributing factor to an organization's overall health and safety strategy and workplace design. Whether it's understanding the capabilities and limitations of office work station design, industrial controls, hand tools or manual material handling systems - every worker can influence how work is performed so that it's safe and profitable. But how can you tell if your organization is fully capitalizing on their ergonomics?

In his presentation, Dr. Patrick Neumann will talk about the importance of bringing workers into the safety design strategy, and emphasize new ways of thinking and acting that will allow your ergonomics program to contribute more broadly to the safety and performance agendas in your organizations. Dr. Neumann will also introduce you to a simple tool that can help you identify new opportunities to embed ergonomics across your organization, as well as outline strategies and tactics that may have application in your workplace.



February 23, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:30 am EST
Industry 4.0 - New Technologies for the Health and Safety Professional

Allison Stephens, M.Sc, CCPE, CPE, Professor and Coordinator, Advanced Ergonomics Studies, Fanshawe College

It’s time to take a look at new technologies that are being introduced with Industry 4.0 and what it means for ergonomics and for your business. Exoskeletons, digital human models, and collaborative robots can all help optimize the workplace to reduce injury risk and improve productivity but how do you successfully use these innovations in technology to your advantage? Where do you begin? What considerations or implications with new technology will impact your business? Join Allison as she discusses the opportunities in utilizing new technology and how you can leverage resources in your industry to give you that competitive advantage while maintaining employee safety.



February 24, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:30 am EST
Design Thinking: Applying a Human Centered Approach to Improve Safety Outcomes

Don Patten, Specialized Services Lead (Ergonomics), Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Curtis VanderGriendt, Alert Labs, Waterloo

Alert Labs uses design thinking to help create better products and experiences for their customers. What if as health and safety professionals, engineers and ergonomists we took the same approach when designing and implementing our programs? Design thinking is a process for solving problems by understanding various stakeholders needs above all else. It focuses on observing how different groups interact with their environment and employs a hands-on approach to creating innovative solutions. Join Don Patten and Curtis VanderGriendt as they review and discuss design thinking, its relevance to health and safety and how you may benefit from using this approach to improving your programs.



February 25, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:30 am EST
Evaluation and Implementation of Industrial Exoskeletons as an MSD Control

Seth Burt, Health & Safety Specialist, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
Clark R. Dickerson, Ph.D., CCPE, Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo and Associate Director, Research, Centre for Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD)

A key principle to a comprehensive MSD Prevention Program is the ability to assess hazards and issue controls. This session will cover the emerging technology that is Industrial Exoskeletons and share how Toyota, in partnership with CRE-MSD, University of Waterloo, implemented this innovative technology to enhance employee protection in their workplace. Topics reviewed will include an applied perspective on Exoskeleton implementation and use, along with underlying research on their utility, and potential impact on MSDs.

Note: This session is in partnership with CRE-MSD.
Centre for Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders



February 26, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:30 am EST
Using Ergonomics to Improve Machine Safety/Robotics Outcomes

Don Patten, Specialized Services Lead (Ergonomics), Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Michael Wilson, Specialized Services Lead (Machine & Robotics Safety), WSPS
Rob Vomiero, Specialized Services Lead (Machine & Robotics Safety), WSPS

The design of any machine, robot or process is based on operating requirements and will include strategies to ensure worker safety. Applicable legislation drives the process and related standards provide additional details. Ergonomic criteria should be an integral part of such strategies but is often overlooked due to its potential complexities and lack of specific legislation. Hear from ergonomics, machine safety, and robotics experts as they discuss load/unload stations, lock out placards, machine safety and other examples highlighting the importance of human factors and ergonomics in the success of Machine Safety/Robotics outcomes.



Select a Scheduled Location and Date

5 scheduled date(s)
Location Function No. Date Time Notes Price
Feb 22, 2021 - System Design: Strategies and Tactics 216415 Feb 22, 2021 10:00:00 AM $25.00
Feb 23, 2021 - Industry 4.0 Future of Technology & Ergonomics 216419 Feb 23, 2021 10:00:00 AM $25.00
Feb 24, 2021 - Applying Design Thinking 216417 Feb 24, 2021 10:00:00 AM $25.00
Feb 25, 2021 - Testing and Implementation of exoskeletons 216418 Feb 25, 2021 10:00:00 AM $25.00
Feb 26, 2021 - Ergonomics and Machine Safety/Robotics 216416 Feb 26, 2021 10:00:00 AM $25.00