Thought Leadership

Our experts present at some of the industry’s most important conferences and trade events. We share what we know with our peers and customers. It’s the best way we know to help you and the industry succeed.

Office Pain and Discomfort: Over 26,000 Employees Tell You Their Story

Environments: Office

Date: August 2018

Venue: ErgoExpo Conference

To create an effective office ergonomics program, you need to understand the underlying reasons for employee pain and discomfort. It is important to recognize the impact of the individual’s demographics; the products they use; and their attitude toward, and knowledge of, ergonomics. Using data from the research of 26,469 individuals working in an office setting from 2009 to 2017, you’ll learn how to approach an office ergonomic assessment and how you can develop effective solutions.

 

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How MasterBrand Navigates the 3 Rs – Requirements, Risk and Restrictions

Environments: All Environments

Date: August 2018

Venue: ErgoExpo Conference

Human Resources, Safety, Ergonomics and Workers’ Compensation often work in silos. By themselves, these functions tend to work reasonably well. However, when information flow is required between the silos it is often impeded or, at a minimum, inefficient. Atlas will look at how MasterBrand’s Arthur, Illinois facility has significantly decreased its OSHA recordable rate, lost time cases, workers’ compensation cases and all associated costs.

 

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Ergonomics and Early Intervention: How Nitto Eliminated MSD Injuries

Environments: All Environments

Date: August 2018

Venue: ErgoExpo Conference

Ergonomists and early intervention specialists each bring a different skill set and solution matrix to combat musculoskeletal disorders. However, each discipline often approaches corrective strategies in a vacuum, failing to recognize the benefits the other party offers. Combining approaches allows for optimal resolution of ergonomic stressors while providing care for workers in discomfort, preventing escalation of small problems into full-blown, costly claims.

 

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Job Demands to Ergo Risk Assessment to Return to Work — How It All Fits

Environments: All Environments

Date: November 2017

Venue: ErgoExpo Conference

Two Atlas experts will show you how to effectively complete a job demand analysis. Then, you’ll learn how to use that information for the purpose of

ergonomic risk assessment and return to work when an employee has a restriction — all leading to better outcomes for your organization and your employees.

Workshop takeaways:

  • Break down a job into essential functions and measureable work tasks
  • Select the correct risk assessment tool
  • Use the job demands analysis and essential functions to determine if an employee can return to work
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ErgoExpo Webinar - Achieving Best Outcomes: Combining Early Intervention and Ergonomics

Environments: All Environments

Date: November 2017

Venue: ErgoExpo Conference

In some ways, our industry parallels today’s two party political climate.  Some ergonomists look down at therapists, believing ergonomic training, analysis, and solution development is the only right answer.  Some therapists see ergonomists as insensitive to workers in need, believing addressing pain and discomfort is the only humane answer.  The result is each group pushes their own agenda, often minimizing what the other offers.  The truth is respecting and combining both viewpoints provides the best solution for employers and employees.

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Overcoming Common Ergonomics Program Challenges

Environments: All Environments

Date: August 2017

Venue: ErgoExpo Conference

Atlas experts discuss how they have overcome a variety of challenges including supporting the needs of thousands of employees in multiple locations.  Challenges addressed will include:  gaining management and workforce buy-in, communicating across different facilities, identifying risks, tracking and deploying resources, and establishing a return on investment.  You will walk away with actionable ideas for conquering these and other obstacles to ergonomics program success.  

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NTTC - Let’s Get Physical: Reducing Injuries and Costs Through Post-offer, Pre-employment Physical Screenings

Environments: All Environments

Date: June 20-22, 2017

Venue: NTTC

Bulk fleets perform some of the most physically demanding work seen within the transportation industry.  Given the this high, physically demanding environment, increasing numbers of organization are utilizing Pre-Work Screen (PWS) processes to verify that their respective hires have the physical capabilities to perform the work at hand.  This session will examine the issues an organization should be aware of when considering, designing, testing and implementing a PWS process.  In addition, we will provide an in-depth discussion of the legal issues related to federal employment guidelines, disparate impact, and interactions with employers.  Case studies will demonstrate the importance of understanding the legal risks, illustrating real world positive outcomes and consequences.

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Cargill's Continuous Improvement in Injury Prevention

Environments:  Industrial

Date: November 17, 2016

Venue: National Ergonomics Conference and ErgoExpo

Over the years, Cargill Meat Solutions has continuously sought to improve its ergonomic process. This presentation explains how Cargill used Six Sigma and Usability methodologies to determine the validity of internally developed risk assessment tools, and optimize the web-based software system, AtlasWork™ that is the backbone of program data and analysis. 

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Cream of the Crop: Implementing a Proactive Ergonomics System

Environments:  Industrial

Date: November 17, 2016

Venue: National Ergonomics Conference and ErgoExpo

Hear how Rich Products, a leading supplier and solutions provider to foodservice, in-store bakery and retail marketplaces, improved ergonomics at its North American facilities. The new proactive, sustainable ergonomics system focuses on ergonomic risk assessment, measuring the physical demands of tasks and identifying essential functions of jobs to be used for ADA-compliant job descriptions. See how they leverage technology (AtlasWork™) to capture data and complete analysis in real time and prioritize and track ergonomic fixes through online software.

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The Progression of Wells Fargo's Office Ergonomics Process

Environments:  Office

Date: November 16, 2016

Venue: National Ergonomics Conference and ErgoExpo

Implementing a sustainable office ergonomics process is especially challenging for a company as large and geographically dispersed as Wells Fargo, with more than 280,000 team members in over 9,000 locations.. The solution (co-developed by Atlas) is the development of a tiered approach, which includes training and self-correction, internal evaluators and external evaluators based upon the risk and needs of the work associate.

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The ROI of Onsite Early Intervention to Prevent Strains and Sprains

Environments: Industrial and Distribution

Date: May 25, 2016

Venue: American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition

This presentation shares the ROI of 2 case studies and how they implemented on-site early intervention and ergonomics programs to reduce their recordable incidents, all while navigating around OSHA recordability requirements.

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Early Intervention: Knowing and Understanding Your Boundaries

Environments: All

Date: May 17, 2016

Venue: Region VII VPPPA Conference, Des Moines, IA

Organizations across the country utilize a variety of strategies to mitigate the risk of workplace injuries.  One such program that is gaining momentum within the broader marketplace is Early Intervention / Injury Triage programs.  Early Intervention programs focus on the early reporting of pain, discomfort, and minor sprains and strains; utilizing evaluation and first aid care versus a traditional physician consult.  Your understanding of what constitutes a Recordable Injury and what OSHA will allow (and not allow) is key for your understanding of compliance boundaries of these programs.  This presentation will cast a “Bright Light” on the current OSHA guidelines to define where the compliance boundaries lie and to what degree an organization can flex within a safe glide path of compliance while still achieving their goals of minimizing recordable injuries. 

 

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Pre-Employment Screening: What Every Trucking Industry Employer Needs to Know

Environments: Transportation & Industrial

Date: April 26, 2016

Venue: National Private Truckload Carriers Association Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH

Increasing numbers of organization are utilizing Pre-Work Screen (PWS) processes to verify that their respective hires have the physical capabilities to perform the work at hand.  This session will examine the issues an organization should be aware of when considering, designing, testing and implementing a PWS process.  In addition, we will provide an in-depth discussion of the legal issues related to federal employment guidelines, disparate impact, and interactions with employers.  This program will provide the participants a working knowledge of the screening process and how they might consider the implementation of such programming within their organizations.

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Addressing the Needs of a Manually Intensive Work Environment

Environments: Industrial

Date: December 4, 2014

Venue: National Ergonomics Conference and ErgoExpo

Alex Tomash, CSP - MasterBrand Cabinets Drew Bossen, PT, MBA - Atlas Ergonomics Like many organizations who are engaged in routine, physical, manual tasks, MasterBrand Cabinets is challenged with the ongoing ergonomic issues related to our work environment. As the largest cabinet manufacturer in North America, we faced escalating Work Comp measures and associated costs. Committed to change the status quo,MasterBrand has implemented a tiered strategy to curb our ergonomic related injuries. Central to this strategy are three primary focal points 1) Hire the right people; those capable to performing the physical demands of the job 2) Provide our workforce with a conducive work environment; assessing ergonomic risk and prioritizing ergonomic solutions and 3) If an injury does take place, how can we accelerate the recovery and the return to work process in a safe and responsible fashion. This presentation will share our story, the successes we have experienced and the challenges that we have faced. It is never easy but what we have come to learn is that with a committed organization and consistent deployment of process, we have been able to make our work environment safer, reduce injuries and be more responsive to the needs of our employees.

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Onsite Physical Therapy: A Strategy to “Free” Injury Prevention Dollars

Environments: All

Date: December 4, 2014

Venue: National Ergonomics Conference and ErgoExpo

Organizations of all sizes routinely have a substantial “Spend” in the realm of Physical Therapy.  This “Spend” lives in the “line-items” of employee healthcare costs and workers compensation expenses. For larger, self-insured organizations a new strategy is emerging which can support the rehabilitation needs of employees and their families, along with supporting early intervention injury prevention and ergonomic programming.  End of the day, a strategic re-allocation of current Physical Therapy dollars reduce costs and support a variety of injury prevention, ergonomic and wellness programs within an organization.

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Using Six Sigma Methodologies to Improve Your Office Ergonomics Process

Environments:  Office

Date: December 4, 2014

Venue: National Ergonomics Conference and ErgoExpo

This presentation shows how JPMorgan Chase, one of the nations’ largest financial institutions with more than 200,000 employees deployed over 5,700 individual locations across the country, utilized Six Sigma methodologies to improve their office ergonomics process. Results included a more data driven approach to better measure program performance, more standardized approach to evaluating and controlling ergonomic hazards, significant reductions in errors in the office ergonomics process, and better integration of furniture standards to control future ergonomic injuries from developing.

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Early Intervention and Ergonomics – A Blended Approach to Prevent Injuries

Environments:  Industrial and Distribution

Date: March 26, 2014

Venue: Applied Ergonomics Conference

This presentation looks at three unique case studies for organizations that have utilized a blended approach of on-site early intervention and proactive ergonomics to reduce their recordable incidents.

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Value Stream Approach to Office and Industrial Ergonomics

Environments:  Industrial and Office

Date: October 02, 2013

Venue: National Safety Council Congress and Expo

This presentation reviews two case studies where a value stream approach has been taken to optimize the ergonomics and injury management processes. The first details the office ergonomics implementation strategy of one of the nations’ largest financial institutions, encompassing more than 180,000 employees over 5,500 individual locations. The second details one of the nation’s largest manufacturing organizations and the solution set it has co-developed with Atlas to minimize duplication of effort and optimize the flow of data and information.

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60 Good Ideas in 60 Minutes

Environments:  All Environments

Date: March 13, 2013

Venue: ErgoExpo Conference

This presentation is a quick bullet point driven consideration of what you, your role and your Ergo program is doing now, and what it can do in the future.

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Employee Wellness - the Intersect of a Productive Worker

Environments: All Environments

Date: December 2012

Venue: ErgoExpo Conference

This half day seminar explores the essential elements of wellness programming from its genesis thru implementation and program monitoring.  It defines measurable success and exposes the common pitfalls that organizations struggle with along the journey.

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