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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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Rimex Supply used a participatory approach, consulting with their workers, to make improvements to their processing of half and full lock rings. The old process had workers lifting or lowering the rings, which weigh up to 50 kg (110 lb.), eleven times while taking them through their stations. After building new top plates and tables and connecting the stations using roller conveyors, Rimex reduced the lifting or lowering of rings to two times. Workers developed, tested, and improved the solutions throughout the process. One of the improvements involved reducing noise levels during stamping, by using a table with rubber between two steel plates. Plans for continued improvement include adding a rotating table to turn the full lock rings and a hoist attachment to eliminate manual lifting.
Congratulations to previous Innovations Contest winners, whose creative solutions have eliminated or reduced the risk of injury from manual materials handling.
Follow the links to previous contest winners' stories for ideas on meeting the ergonomic challenges in your workplace.
2013 - Esco Foundry - Foundry starts from scratch to protect workers' backs (PDF 840 KB)
2012 - BC Cancer Agency, Genome Sciences Centre - Fresh thinking eases the load (PDF 417 KB)
2011 - Lafarge Canada - Ergonomics contest encourages worksite innovation (PDF 525 KB)
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