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2012 Occupational Ergonomics Symposium and Workshop

Symposium – September 19, 2012

Dr. James Sheedy

Understanding the Effects of
Vision on
Human Performance
Symposium Cost $150
(includes a hot lunch)


Professor, Director of Optometry Research
O.D. Ohio State University (OSU), 1974
M.S. Ohio State University, 1974
Ph.D. Ohio State University, 1977

Dr. Sheedy is recognized as an expert with his work in vision ergonomics. Presently, he is the head of the Vision Ergonomics Research Laboratory (which he started at OSU in 2002 and moved to Pacific University in 2006) and Professor of Optometry at Pacific University. The mission of the Vision Ergonomics Laboratory is that better vision and a better visual environment improve the comfort and work efficiency of people who perform critical visual tasks. He uses scientific methods to understand the effects of vision and visual environment upon human performance to improve performance in the workplace.


Title: All About Sit/Stand Workstations
Speaker:  Dr. Janet Peterson, PT, DPT 

This presentation will address the advantages and disadvantages of a sit/stand workstation, options on how to configure a sit/stand workstation, and how to determine what a given individual will need.  

Title: Using the Right Input Device-The Need for Alternative Input Devices
Speaker:  Peter W. Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington
This presentation will discuss the results of research on varying input devices to include keyboards and mice. Differences in male and female users, special needs of children and design specifications used by hardware manufacturers are topics of discussion.

Title: Lean in the Office: A Case Study Involving an Ergonomic and Vocational Consultancy
Speaker: Carlos Venegas, Lean Practitioner and Consultant

Carlos will provide an introduction of Lean process improvement applied to an office process. He will use a case study to illustrate key points, and will suggest where Lean and ergonomics may intersect.

Title: Expert Witness: Application of Human
Factors to Accident Reconstruction
Speaker: Dr. Gary Sloan

Dr. Sloan with G. David Sloan, Inc. will present the application of forensic human factors to accident reconstruction.  Dr. Sloan will use illustrations from court case testimonies to address such topics as signal detection theory, visibility and conspicuity, and decision making when subjected to stressors. 

Title: Tool Balancers
Speaker: John Amell, CPE

John is an Ergonomist for the Boeing Company and will showcase work with varying tool balancers.

Title: Ergonomic Design for Wheelchairs in
Developing Countries
Speaker: Todd Lefkowicz

Todd has been involved with designing wheelchairs for special needs children in developing countries.  This is not only an inspiration to use your talents for the greater good but a lesson in the use of ergonomics in design.

Workshop – September 20, 2012

Morning Session
Toolie Garner, Professional Speaker

Internal Marketing for Ergonomic Practitioners
8:00 a.m. to Noon (hot lunch included)
Workshop Cost: $185.00

Workshop Photos 

This workshop is designed to teach corporate and independent ergonomic specialists how to organize their training content and market it to their internal audiences. Audience members will form teams of three or four persons and work together to produce training content by the end of the session.

The teams will have one Mock Corporate Website (provided by the speaker) to which they can actually post content during the session. This provides hands‐on experience in creating, uploading, and viewing the results of their work. Seeing their work online also gives them the opportunity to evaluate their work for clarity, brevity, and focus, and other team members can offer critiques. Each team will develop a Content Plan based on actual content they know exists in their corporate environment. They will not access or use it directly, they will just write down the names and type of content to which they have access. Teams will fill in missing content areas by brainstorming for new content ideas. For example, if among the team members none have a corporate blog, then they'll strategize on what would go into a blog, and write one blog post to add to the Mock Corporate Website.

Finally, each team will develop a marketing plan based on the content plan they've created. They'll choose two to four communication methods, and set up a 3‐ to 6‐month marketing plan to use those methods. Those content and marketing plan examples will be added to the Mock Corporate Website.

Afternoon Session
Chris Shulenberger, MS, CPE

Issue Goals Obstacles Action (IGOA)
Problem Solving  Methodology  

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

Description: During our professional careers, a variety of different issues/problems arise that we have to resolve/ solve. The IGOA process is a systematic methodology that enables professionals and managers to do so in a consistent way.

Expected outcomes of the workshop are to accomplish the following:

  • Introduce the IGOA process and its components
  • Use the morning Workshop results as an example of the process
  • Apply the IGOA process to different types of problems in small group formats
  • Develop confidence so that the participants can add this to their professional "tool kit"


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