2013 Puget Sound Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Occupational Ergonomics Symposium
Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
Museum of Flight, Seattle
$125 before Labor Day*
$175 after Labor Day*
William S. Marras, Ph.D., CPE
Honda Professor Chair
Department of Integrated Systems Engineering
The Ohio State University
William S. Marras holds the Honda Professor Chair in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at the Ohio State University. He serves as the director of the Biodynamics Laboratory and the Center for Occupational Health in Automobile Manufacturing, and he is executive director of the Institute for Ergonomics. Marras also holds joint appointments in the departments of orthopaedic surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and biomedical engineering. His research is centered on musculoskeletal causal pathway investigations, including occupational biomechanical epidemiologic studies, laboratory biomechanics studies, mathematical modeling, and clinical studies of the back and spine.
The Working Back
Low back pain in the workplace continues to represent a very prominent and extremely costly problem to individuals and employers. Our ability to treat these problems is poor so prevention is critical. Over the past decade much of the contemporary scientific findings have been able to identify how many diverse risk factors (physical work requirements, individual factors, psychosocial environments) can all influence low back disorder risk. This presentation will show how these factors can influence a common causal pathway and will discuss the types of prevention strategies that are most likely to control low back problems in the workplace.
Other Symposium Topics
- Effect of Lift Teams on Upper Extremity and Trunk Kinematics and Muscle Activity
- Finding Causes of Musculoskeletal Disorders and Identifying Best Practices Among Industries
- Healthcare Ergo/Safety Culture
- Prevention Through Design: Incorporating and Assessing Ergonomics and Safety Requirements in Design/Build Processes at Boeing
- Good Intentions Gone Bad: Learning from Your Ergonomics Misfortunes
- Fork Truck Ergonomics
* Workshop on September 19th is not included in the Symposium cost.