University of California

2015 COEH Lela Morris COEH Symposium:

2015 Lela Morris COEH Symposium

National Perspectives on Ergonomics, Workplace Design, and Health

Friday, May 22, 2015
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Symposium
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM A Special Retirement Event to Celebrate Dr. David Rempel

David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

The design of the workplace, from the level of tools to the overall organization, has a strong influence on the health and well-being of our working population. This half day conference will explore key factors in the design of work that can improve safety, health, and productivity. The talks will be practical and will include real-world case studies and will be followed by moderated panel discussions.


1:00 PM
Role of Ergonomics in Design
Bill Marras, PhD, CPE, Ohio State University

1:20 PM
Global to Local Activities on Workplace Design and Health

  • International: Progress in Developing Countries
    Barbara Silverstein, PhD, University of Washington
  • National: New Initiatives on Injury Prevention
    Tom Armstrong, PhD, University of Michigan
  • California: Extending Safe Patient Handling to Long Term Care
    Deborah Gold, MPH, Cal/OSHA (retired)

2:20 PM
Panel Discussion and Questions
Moderator: Francesco Violante, MD, University of Bologna, Italy

3:00 PM

3:15 PM
Workplace Environment and Health

  • The Built Environment and Health
    Dick Jackson, MD, MPH, UCLA
  • Preventing Hand and Arm Injuries in the Workplace
    Carisa Harris, PhD, UC Berkeley
  • Improving Safety Culture through Workplace Programs
    Jack Dennerlein, PhD, Northeastern University

4:15 PM
Panel Discussion and Questions
Moderator: Andy Imada, PhD, CPE, AS Imada and Associates

4:50 PM
Closing Remarks
John Balmes, MD, Director, COEH

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Special Retirement Event to Celebrate Professor David Rempel**

**open to all attendees

Faculty and Students: $15.00
State/Local Government Agencies and Non-Profits: $15.00
Others: $50.00

2015 Registration

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David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

The David Browner Center is one of the most advanced green buildings in the Bay Area. The center is centrally located in Downtown Berkeley and is just one block east of the Downtown Berkeley BART station.

Garage parking is available on an hourly and daily basis at the Oxford Garage: 2161 Kittredge Street, Berkeley, CA 94707 (enter on 2161 Kittredge Street between Shattuck and Oxford) and at the Allston Way Garage: 2061 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94707 (between Shattuck and Milvia Street).

Street parking is also available on all streets surrounding the David Brower Center. Streets are metered until  6:00 PM daily.

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The 2015 Lela Morris COEH Symposium Save the Date Flyer (pdf)

Image: The 2015 Lela Morris COEH Symposium Save the Date Flyer (pdf)



Gayle Cepparo

Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

School of Public Health, UC Berkeley
50 University Hall #7360
Berkeley, CA 94720