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Occupational Ergonomics Month

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October is Occupational Ergonomics Month

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.

How do I get involved?

  • Enter the Innovations Contest. (NOTE: The 2014 contest is now closed.)
  • Promote Occupational Ergonomics Month at your workplace and organize activities to support the effort.
  • Create a suggestion box and/or recognition program for innovative ergonomic ideas to enhance your workplace.
  • Administer a risk assessment to establish the extent of ergonomic interventions needed and set priorities.

How do I find out more?

  • Learn more about ergonomics and human factors.
  • Read about the previous contest winners.
  • Submit questions or comments to .
  • Contact WorkSafeBC ergonomists through the Info Line at 604.276.3100 or 1.888.621.7233.

Innovations contest

Thank you for your interest. The contest is closed for 2014.

To celebrate Occupational Ergonomics Month, WorkSafeBC is sponsoring an Innovations Contest.

We are looking for innovative ergonomic ideas, such as physical changes to the workplace or changes in a work process that have eliminated or reduced the risk associated with a manual materials handling task.

At the beginning of November, the best entry will receive a group lunch (maximum value: $200).

To enter this contest, you must be:

  • A legal resident of British Columbia and more than 15 years old at the time of entry.
  • If you are under 19 years old at the time of entry, you must have your parent's or guardian's consent to enter this contest. By entering, you are confirming that you do have consent.
  • Employees, representatives and agents of the Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia ("WorkSafeBC") and members of their immediate families (husband, wife, mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter) are not eligible to participate in the contest.

All contest submissions will involve two parts:

  1. Submit a photo and/or a brief description of a manual materials handling task in your workplace.
  2. Describe how a physical change in the workplace or a change in the work process has eliminated or reduced the risk of MSI (submit an "after" photo if you can).
To enter the contest, please submit your completed entry form between 12:00 a.m. October 1, 2014 and 11:59 p.m. on October 31, 2014 PST.

Previous winners

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)

Related sites

The following web sites are focused on human factors/ergonomics outreach and/or education.

Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE)
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Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors - UK
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Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)
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International Ergonomics Association (IEA)
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Human Systems Integration Division - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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Office Ergonomics (CCOHS)
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Human Factors and Ergonomics (HSE)
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Bad Human Factors Designs
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Ergonomics 4 Schools
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World Usability Day - Designing for a Sustainable World Usability Professionals' Association (UPA)
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Sensation and Perception Tutorials Developed by Dr. John H. Krantz of Hanover College
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Ergonomics in the News
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