NIOSH ERC Ergonomics Webinar Series

NIOSH supported Education and Research Centers throughout the country are pleased to present the Ergonomics Webinar Series, offering free monthly webinars on various topics on Human Factors and Ergonomics. A collaborative effort on behalf of each ERC’s Continuing Education program, our goal is to provide access to current research supported through NIOSH ERC Programs.

Analysis of Work Tasks from a Cognitive Ergonomics Perspective: Concepts, Models, and Methods

With Katia M. Costa-Black, PhD, Adjunct Professor, NYU

February 8, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern Time  |  8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Pacific Time

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About the Webinar: 

Cognitive ergonomics is a subfield of cognitive science especially concerned with the human task-oriented activity in terms of the perceptual, information-processing and psychomotor aspects of work. General models of cognitive task-oriented activity have been developed to account for the complexity of human behaviors produced in work situations, to explain erroneous action, and to conceptualize human-computer interaction. This webinar will present and discuss some of these models and how they have helped in improving the design of technologies, organizational environment and learning environments, as well as in decreasing human error. In addition to the major models and concepts utilized in the field of cognitive ergonomics, several methods based on user-centered design research will be described. These methods aim to collect and integrate data about the user needs and the requirements in the design of systems and organizations for a more successful transformation of the workplace and use of human-sensitive technology. They are very useful, especially today with the rapid growth of complex technological environments and the widespread introduction of information technologies to automate work processes.

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the main cognitive ergonomics concepts, models and principles that are relevant to explain the complexity of human behaviors produced in various work situations, to explain erroneous action, and to conceptualize human-computer interaction.
  • Identify the main methods of evaluation of cognitive aspects of human-technology interfaces to reduce human error, optimize mental workload, and enhance health, comfort, safety, effectiveness and efficiency of man-machine systems.

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Upcoming Webinars:

March 20, 2019
From Practice to Policy: Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders in Hotel Room Cleaners
with Carisa Harris, PhD, CPE, PT, COEH Northern California, UC Berkeley
3 PM – 4 PM Eastern Time  |  12 PM – 1 PM Pacific Time

April 17, 2019
Vehicle Seat Design, Whole Body Vibration and Low Back Pain
with Pete Johnson, PhD, MS, University of Washington
1 PM – 2 PM Eastern Time  |  10 AM – 11 AM Pacific Time

May 15, 2019
with Central Appalachian ERC
3 PM – 4 PM Eastern Time  |  12 PM – 1 PM Pacific Time

June 19, 2019
3 PM – 4 PM Eastern Time  |  12 PM – 1 PM Pacific Time

July 17, 2019
Wearable and Ingestible Sensors for Assessing Heat Stress: Associated Changes in Postural Balance During Live Burn Among Firefighters
with Amit Bhattacharya, PhD, University of Cincinnati

3 PM – 4 PM Eastern Time  |  12 PM – 1 PM Pacific Time

August 21, 2019
OpenSim as a Platform for Improving Quantitative Ergonomic Assessments
with Andrew Merryweather, Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health 
3 PM – 4 PM Eastern Time  |  12 PM – 1 PM Pacific Time

September 18, 2019
Updates Regarding the Fatigue Failure Approach for Ergonomic Assessment
with Auburn University Ergonomics Faculty, Deep South Center for Occupational Safety and Health 

3 PM – 4 PM Eastern Time  |  12 PM – 1 PM Pacific Time

October 16, 2019
Leg and Neck Muscle Fatigue: Illustration of Physiological Mechanisms that can lead to MSDs
with Bernard Martin, University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering 
3 PM – 4 PM Eastern Time  |  12 PM – 1 PM Pacific Time

November 20, 2019
A Patient Handling Story: From Patient Migration to Repositioning
with Kermit Davis, PhD, University of Cincinnati
3 PM – 4 PM Eastern Time  |  12 PM – 1 PM Pacific Time


About the Program:

NIOSH Education and Research Centers (ERCs) provide training and education to meet the demand for qualified safety and health professionals in the United States.  NIOSH funds 18 ERCs across the US, based at academic institutions, which provide occupational safety and health training and education to a range of students and professionals.  The goal is for the ERCs to provide interdisciplinary programs to increase knowledge and skills in OSH.

The ERC Continuing Education programs reach thousands of professionals each year.  The ERCs offer a diversity of courses that include webinars, in-depth hands-on training, and others to improve workplace safety and health.  Over the past several years, the Directors of the Continuing Education programs have looked for ways they can combine their institutional expertise to deliver training across the United States.

In 2018, the ERC Continuing Education directors developed a national assessment to identify the types of training needed by occupational safety and health professionals.  The needs assessment identified that training was needed in the areas of injury prevention (specifically related to back injuries), occupational stress, and musculoskeletal issues.  Musculoskeletal injuries are common in the workplace. The Bureau of Labor Statistics report that the incidence rate for musculoskeletal disorders in 2016 was 29.4 per 10,000 workers, compared to a rate of 2.9 for all injuries.  Certain industries, such as healthcare, have significantly higher rates of injury due to MSDs. The injury rate for MSDs in 2010 for nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants was 249 per 10,000 workers.

In response to this need, the ERC Continuing Education programs initiated the development of a webinar series on Human Factors and Ergonomics.  The series will provide an opportunity for professionals to learn more about human factors and ergonomics, and identify ways to reduce musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace.

The Human Factors and Ergonomics webinar series will share the latest research and expertise of our faculty with occupational safety and health students, professionals, and other who need more information on these topics.  The goal of these programs is to reduce musculoskeletal injuries, and improve the working conditions of workers across the US.