Healthier Workplaces, A Healthier World

Designing Better Controls for Ergonomics

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT  
Host: AIHA
By: Rick Barker, M.A., CPE, CSP, Senior Director of Solution Strategy , VelocityEHS; Blake McGowan, M.Sc., CPE, Solution Executive, VelocityEHS; and Rachel Zoky, CPE, Senior Strategic Consultant, VelocityEHS

Companies experience highly varied results from their ergonomics programs. One key factor is how effectively engineering controls maximize the fit between the work being performed and the population of workers performing the job. Four tools can promote improved design of controls: design guidelines, design principles, control verification, and lessons learned.

As a result of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between design guidelines and design principles for ergonomics and the benefits of using each.
  • Establish an effective lessons-learned process for ergonomics that can be used for improving existing work and designing new equipment.
  • Discuss the benefits of combining objective risk scores with subjective feedback during control verification.


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Rick Barker, M.A., CPE, CSP
Rick Barker, M.A., CPE, CSP

Senior Director of Solution Strategy, VelocityEHS

Rick Barker, Senior Director of Solution Strategy for VelocityEHS, facilitates knowledge-building activities relating to safety management systems, industrial ergonomics, human performance, and human factors.

Rick holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Factors from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. He has achieved recognition as a CPE and CSP.

Blake McGowan, M.Sc., CPE
Blake McGowan, M.Sc., CPE

Solution Executive, VelocityEHS

Blake McGowan, Solution Executive at VelocityEHS, has over 25 years of experience in ergonomics. He is responsible for defining and executing the Industrial Ergonomics solution’s vision, strategy, and performance across all areas of the business.

Blake received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. Blake has achieved recognition as a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE). 

Rachel Zoky, CPE
Rachel Zoky, CPE

Senior Strategic Consultant, VelocityEHS

Rachel Zoky, Senior Strategic Consultant at VelocityEHS, supports the corporate ergonomics processes and assists with ergonomics risk assessments, design-in ergonomics, and global training.

Rachel received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Ohio State University. She has achieved recognition as a Certified Professional Ergonomist and is the acting Membership Chair for the American Society of Safety Professionals Ergonomics Practice Specialty.


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