Welcome to Ergonomics
October is Global Ergonomics Month (GEM)
Michelle M. Robertson, Ph.D., CPE
Communications and Public Relations
Standing Committee Chair
It’s around the corner!
October is the designated Worldwide Month of Ergonomics and Human Factors. Several IEA Federated Societies and Networks are actively involved, in promoting Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) awareness among the local community, industries, government agencies, and schools. Typically, these planned events and activities are grassroots, community based activities that target key stakeholders at various levels, such as industries, schools, government, and society.
These events and activities are designed to encourage the exchange of ideas regarding HFE practices through various formats by:
One of the IEA Communication and Public Relations Committee’s , initiatives is to actively support and encourage IEA Federated Societies and Networks and other relevant global organizations involvement in promoting the science, application and profession of HFE and to share these event experiences during the month of October. IEA acknowledges these admirable efforts and strongly supports these local and national initiatives.
- providing information and materials
- distributing case studies
- highlighting methods and discussions of experiences
- providing community services
For example, exchanging and distributing informative and educational HFE materials and other related planned activities (e.g., design competition used for these GEM type efforts should be highlighted on the IEA website. This provides further opportunities for other IEA FS, Networks and related professional/scientific organizations to coordinate and utilize these available materials in planning their own grassroots, GEM activities.
The following list describes of the highlights of the events and activities hosted by several Federated Societies, Networks and related organizations promoting HFE during the month of October, under the auspices of GEM.
Federation of European Ergonomics Societies (FEES) - IEA Networks: European Month of Ergonomics (EME)
FEES has a rich history sponsoring and organizing events and activities for their recognized EME. One notable effort was supporting the European campaign of “Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress,” organized by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) where FEES is an official partner of the EU-OSHA. This campaign directive focused on managing work-related stress and psychosocial risks.” FEES found this topic relevant for the promotion and potential of ergonomics knowledge and methods in managing these work related risks and supported the collaboration between ergonomists and occupational health and safety experts to address this important topic during the two year period of 2014-2015. FEES supported this campaign by organizing and gathering ergonomics materials, case studies, experiences related to Ergonomics for managing work-related stress emphasizing the work task design, and the design of systems interfaces. Previously, FEES has also dedicated EME to topics of risk prevention, safe maintenance, risk assessment, and knowing your ergonomists. For more information on these activities and related materials, see http://www.healthy-workplaces.eu, http://www.ergonomics-fees.eu/node, for the 2016-2017 Campaign. Please see EME materials, developed by Martti Launis, at firstname.lastname@example.org, Communication and Promotion Committee of FEES.
2016–17 Campaign: Healthy Workplaces for All Ages. For the two-year period of 2016-2017 the Federation of the European Ergonomics Societies (FEES) has decided again to support the annual Healthy Workplaces Campaign of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). Ergonomics for all ages
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Singapore (HFESS)
This IEA Federated Society promoted the HFE Month of October with a “Critic and Design Competition” for their national Global Ergonomics Month (2015), highlighting awareness amongst the HF community f. They invited the industry, local community, schools, and the HF community to participate in the contest. Their motto was “integrating HFE with sustainable design to improve human performance and work effectiveness. The contest consisted of answering five case scenario questions by identifying the HFE issues and then providing proposed design recommendations. The question topics ranged from interface and workplace issues, organizational factors of HFE, and human error. HFESS is planning to conduct this design contest again along with an ergonomic talk in October, 2016.
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society- National Ergonomics Month
Similar to FEES, HFES has named the month October, National Ergonomics Month (NEM) and has a distinguished history of promoting HFE during the entire month. HFES NEM focuses on creating awareness of HFE through grassroots, community based activities at the college, university high school and corporation level. This year, as in the past, HFES will be sponsoring at their Annual National Meeting, a session dedicated to NEM (NEM Expo) which will showcase outstanding projects involving schools, community service, and the media. Since 2003, NEM has solicited proposals for the NEM Best Action Plan where student chapters, individual are invited to submit proposals for an NEM plan of action that promotes HFE in schools and communities. These outreach activities may consist of workshops, volunteer work, community service and activities, and educational modules that are aimed to inform lay audiences, young and old, about HFE and its contributions to the general public. Awards of the Best Action Plan Contest are announced and their activity showcased during the NEM HFES Meeting session. NEM committee encourages everyone to get involved and their several informative and educational materials that are available to help explain and demonstrate what HFE is and how it can be applied to work system design.
See www.hfes.org and to contact NEM chair; email@example.com.
Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE)
ACE has historically highlighted national and regional events across Canadian during the month of October: Occupational Ergonomics Month. They will be holding their 47th Annual Meeting in October and supporting several outreach activities (see: www.ace-ergocanada.ca).
Recently, WorkSafeBC sponsored an ‘Innovations Contest’ for people who created solutions for workers who lift, push, pull, carry, or move materials at work, under the theme, “Have you done anything to lighten the load and reduce workers’ risk of musculoskeletal injury? For 2016, WorkSafeBC is hosting Ergonomics Forum, October 26, 2016, 12:30PM - 4:30PM, WorkSafeBC Richmond office, 6951 Westminster Highway in recognition of Occupational Ergonomics Month. Join us to learn about the application of ergonomics and human factors at WorkSafeBC. Three presentations will be given on the topics of: Office Ergonomics, Musculoskeletal injury prevention, and Human Factors. Networking opportunities are encouraged where there is a chance for British Columbia workers and employers to share their stories. For more details on attending please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
October is Global Ergonomics Month (GEM)
We hope these GEM examples by several IEA FS and Networks will provide some inspiration to others on how to increase the awareness of HFE and the valuable contribution it can have on designing safe and effective work systems. The IEA CPR committee encourages your submissions and is happy to post information regarding any related GEM activity or promotional sponsored events to share amongst the IEA bodies. Please contact IEA CPR chair Michelle Robertson (CPR@iea.cc) or Vice President/Secretary General (VPSG@iea.cc).
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IEA Endorsed Events
4th SEANES Ergonomics Conference
28 November - 1 December, 2016, Bandung, Indonesia.
International Seminar of Ergonomics
May 9-11, 2017, Tarnow, Poland
2nd Asian Conference on Ergonomics and Design 2017
June 1 – 4, 2017 College of Industrial Technology Tsudanuma Campus, Nihon University Chiba, JAPAN
Other IEA Society Events