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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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