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Occupational Ergonomics Month (OEM) is a global outreach campaign during the month of October focusing on increasing awareness and promoting the science and application of ergonomics and human factors. It's a time to explore and expand initiatives to enhance the work environment and improve the fit between people and their jobs for better efficiency, comfort, productivity, health, and safety. OEM is also known as Global Ergonomics Month by the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) and National Ergonomics Month by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) in the United States.
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Association of Canadian Ergonomists 44th Annual Conference
DATE: October 8-10, 2013
LOCATION: Whistler, British Columbia
2013 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society International Annual Meeting
DATE: September 30-October 4, 2013
LOCATION: San Diego, California
Workplace Ergonomics and Productivity Conference
DATE: October 1-2, 2013
LOCATION: London, England
Ergonomics and Human Factors: Strategic Solutions for Workplace Safety and Health
Harvard School of Public Health
DATE: June 9-12, 2014
LOCATION: Boston, Massachusetts
National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition
DATE: December 3-6, 2013
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
To celebrate Occupational Ergonomics Month, WorkSafeBC is running an Innovations Contest. We are looking for innovative ergonomic ideas to eliminate or reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injury (MSI) associated with manual materials handling tasks in the workplace. Manual materials handling can include any task where loads are moved from a location to another without the assistance of a mechanical device, examples include lifting, pushing, pulling or carrying.
Tell us about a manual materials handling task at your organization that was improved through a physical change in the workplace or through a change in the work process. If you haven't implemented a change already, take this opportunity to focus your safety efforts on a manual materials handling task and implement solutions.
The winner will receive a group lunch (maximum value: $200).
To enter this contest, you must be:
Congratulations to our 2012 winner, Canada's Michael Smith Genome Science Centre! Check out their idea on page 17 of the WorkSafe Magazine March/April 2013 edition and read about the other entries too.
Read about 2011 entries on page 14 of WorkSafe Magazine March/April 2012 edition.
All contest submissions will involve two parts:
To enter the contest, please submit your completed entry form between 12:00 a.m. October 1, 2013 and 11:59 p.m. on October 31, 2013 PST.
The following web sites are focused on human factors/ergonomics outreach and/or education.
Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE)
Web site: http://www.ace-ergocanada.ca/index.php?
Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors - UK
Web site: http://www.ergonomics.org.uk/
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)
Web site: https://www.hfes.org//Web/Default.aspx
International Ergonomics Association (IEA)
Web site: http://www.iea.cc/
Human Systems Integration Division - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Web site: http://human-factors.arc.nasa.gov
Office Ergonomics (CCOHS)
Web site: http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/ergonomics/office/office.htm
Human Factors and Ergonomics (HSE)
Web site: http://www.hse.gov.uk/humanfactors/index.htm
Bad Human Factors Designs
Web site: http://www.baddesigns.com/index.html
Ergonomics 4 Schools
Web site: http://www.ergonomics4schools.com/
World Usability Day - Designing for a Sustainable World Usability Professionals' Association (UPA)
Web site: http://worldusabilityday.org/
Sensation and Perception Tutorials Developed by Dr. John H. Krantz of Hanover College
Web site: http://psych.hanover.edu/krantz/sen_tut.html
Web site: http://www.ergoblog.com/
Ergonomics in the News
Web site: http://www.usernomics.com/ergonomicsinthenews.html