Webinar: Participative Office Ergonomics – Empowering Workplace Parties Through Technology

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Speakers: Andre Gauvin & Trevor Schell

Webinar Description: The North Eastern (Sudbury) and Eastern (Ottawa) OHCOW clinics have recently made efforts to reach more workers in our vast catchment areas while creating self-sufficiency. With the changing dynamics of technology we wanted to create a more dynamic and inclusive program that would improve the reach and effectiveness of our services while empowering workplace parties to take a more active role in health and safety.

To achieve this, OHCOW in partnership with Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) and Workplace Safety North (WSN)  are holding a free webinar on October 23, 2018 to educate workplace parties on office ergonomics and how the this process is conducted.

In the process the workplace parties:

  • Complete a checklist to aid in identifying any issues of concern beyond equipment being too high/low.
  • Measure both the physical dimensions of the worker being assessed, and the heights of their equipment.
  • Record results on the checklist.
  • Submit photographs of the worker sitting, the work area, and the worker performing typical tasks.
  • OHCOW Ergonomist then reviews the information and generates a report of recommendations to reduce the risk of injury. During the review, the ergonomist double checks measurements against anthropometric norms and provides specific feedback on any anomalies.

While it may seem a little overwhelming to the workplace at first, we have received positive feedback from the companies partaking in the process. Comments included:

  • “I have a much better understanding of the process.”
  • “I have an increased understanding of the results and recommendations.”
  • “I enjoy being an active participant in the process and have learned so much.”

Speaker Bios: 

Andre Gauvin, BSc, MHK, CCPE

Andre Gauvin graduated from Laurentian University in 2008 with an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. In 2016, André graduated from Laurentian University with a Masters degree in Human Kinetics, specializing in Biomechanics and Ergonomics. André is recognized as a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE) and is a full member of the Association for Canadian Ergonomist (ACE).

André has been an Ergonomist with OHCOW for 8 years and has helped many joint health and safety committee on a variety of ergonomics and occupational hygiene issues over a wide range of industries. André has focused primarily on vibration in the past and has moved to a dual role with OHCOW providing ergonomic and occupational hygiene services.

Trevor Schell, BSc, MSc, CCPE

Trevor Schell graduated from the University of Guelph in 1994 with an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics with specialization in the field of Biomechanics and Ergonomics.  In 1997, Trevor graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell with a Masters degree in the field of Ergonomics and a minor in Epidemiology.  Trevor is also recognized as a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE) and a full member of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE).

Trevor has been an Ergonomist with the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers for 20 years working with joint health and safety committees on a variety of ergonomic issues over a wide range of industries.  He is also the coordinator of the annual International RSI Day webinar series.  Trevor has also presented at conferences, testified before a US Senate Commission on the need for ergonomic regulations and has been featured in interviews with CNN, Associated Press, CTV and CBC Radio.