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Occupational Ergonomics Month

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Occupational Ergonomics Month, October 2013

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.
  • 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.
  • Submit questions or comments to .
  • Contact WorkSafeBC ergonomists through the Info Line at 604-276-3100 or 1-888-621-7233.

Upcoming events

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

Innovations contest

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:

  • 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.

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:

  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, 2013 and 11:59 p.m. on October 31, 2013 PST.

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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