Healthier Workplaces, A Healthier World

Democratizing Ergonomics: How to Involve Everyone in Improving the Workplace

Thursday, April 16, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT  
Host: AIHA
By: Jeff Sanford, CPE, Director of Consulting and Ergonomics Engineer, Humantech and Ayla Yi, CPE, Senior Consultant and Ergonomics Engineer, Humantech

The field of ergonomics can be seen as a complex science comprised of experts who understand the physical and cognitive aspects of human beings as well as the engineering concepts around systems design and modeling. In the real world, ergonomics often necessitates collaboration of many groups, including safety, IH, engineering, operators, design, and IT personnel.

Quantitative assessments for identifying musculoskeletal risk factors are skills-based and require training, competency, and practice. Ergonomics teams can get bogged down by the dreaded “paralysis by analysis” and spend valuable time finding issues in the workplace versus spending their time fixing the issues.

With recent advances in technology, it is time to break the trend and democratize ergonomics, make it accessible to everyone. Ergonomics teams should be equipped with tools that help them solve problems more quickly and effectively.

Learning objectives of this session include:
• Making the complex simple: how technology can play a role in democratizing ergonomics
• Improving the workplace: how to increase the effectiveness of ergonomics teams so they spend less time “finding it” and more time “fixing it”
• Scaling across an enterprise: how a common set of tools and methods makes it easier to integrate ergonomics across a global organization


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Jeff Sanford, CPE
Jeff Sanford, CPE

Director of Consulting and Ergonomics Engineer, Humantech

Jeff Sanford, Director of Consulting and Ergonomics Engineer for the Humantech brand of VelocityEHS, partners with companies to develop, manage, and sustain global ergonomics programs using software solutions for Fortune 1000 clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including food and beverage, automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical, and steel. Recent client engagements include Applied Materials, Clemens Foods, Cummins, Microsoft, Moen, Timken, Tower Automotive, and First Solar.

Prior to joining VelocityEHS, Jeff worked as a divisional ergonomics engineer within the seating systems division of Lear Corporation. Managing ergonomics issues at nine U.S. facilities, launching new products, and solving ergonomics issues arising from products, workstations, processes, and packaging were some of his responsibilities.

Ayla Yi, CPE
Ayla Yi, CPE

Senior Consultant and Ergonomics Engineer, Humantech

Ayla Yi, Senior Consultant and Ergonomics Engineer facilitates the deployment of Humantech Ergonomics software solutions and conducts on-site workshops across global companies. She performs musculoskeletal disorder risk assessments and redesigns workspaces. As a project manager, she coordinates both internal and external communication and expectations for software development and product updates.

Before joining VelocityEHS’ Humantech full-time, Ayla completed an internship for the company while finishing her degree.

Ayla received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She has achieved recognition as a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE).  


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