The National Ergonomics Conference and ErgoExpo was a great success, and was time well spent. This annual ergonomics conference was held in Las Vegas August 21 – 24, and was well attended. I saw many friends and colleagues, saw a former student who is working as an ergonomics consultant, and met many new ergonomics professionals. It’s always good to see new products, innovative ideas being put into motion, and hear what others are doing in the field. Aside from the networking and the exhibit hall, I had a few take-aways from some good speakers:
- I was reminded how important vision is in determining body posture, and Dr. Roger Wu did a great job talking about our vision system and digital eye strain (DES). I believe this is an area that is often overlooked. He shared that 65% of digital device users experience symptoms of DES! That is significant, and should not be ignored.
- Monty Gartin, EHS Advisor at Cargill Salt talked about Human and Organizational Performance. This is a topic that has always fascinated me, and another concept that is not as pervasive in industry as it should be. He stated during his session “We do not have the right to send someone home with an injury”! That is a powerful statement. During the session I ordered a book that he quoted a few times by Sidney Dekker “The Field Guide to Understanding Human Error”. This will be my vacation read!
- The Director of Workplace Safety at Boeing, Amy May, is an Ergonomist! That is very cool. She presented a fabulous keynote address.
- The closing keynote address was done by Jessica Cooper, Chief Commercial Officer, International WELL Building Institute. Her topic was “Healthy Buildings, Happy People”. This is an area I did not know much about, and I intend to change that. She was an articulate, knowledgeable speaker and I’m motivated to learn more about the WELL building initiatives. The collaboration of health/medicine, architecture and business is an irresistible combination and I intend to learn more about this!
Kudos to the program chair, Alan Hedge, and his team for putting on a great meeting! Onward!