Rehabilitation & Ergonomics

Time & place
28 February 2008 at the Holiday Inn, Bristol

Conference format
This study day, organised by the Ergonomics Society, is aimed at people who would either like to start doing health-based ergonomic workplace assessments, or would like to improve their practice. This includes therapists, nurses, ergonomists, and health & safety practitioners.

Format
The format of the day is a mix of practical workshops and lectures, providing plenty of opportunity to experiment with new skills, discuss specific areas of assessment, and network with colleagues. The lectures and workshops will follow the process of assessment through to recommendations, and will include sessions on:

  • The assessment process and notation of findings. This session will help you structure your assessment. Is it always necessary to use a recognised assessment, and do these assessments fulfill your needs?
  • Understanding the impact of static and dynamic work on the musculoskeletal system. Many activities include components of both static and dynamic muscle activity which impact on the body in different ways. However, the complexity of these forces is often overlooked during assessment.
  • The identification of physical risk factors in the workplace. A practical workshop highlighting the different forces generated by the body during different activities.
  • Assessment of the hand and upper limb in the workplace, identifying risk factors and possible solutions.
  • Assessment of the back and lower limb in the workplace, focusing on seating.

Conference programme
09.00 Registration
09.30 Welcome Address by Sarah Woodbridge
09.35 Professor Sayeed Khan
10.15 Introduction to the workshops’ objectives
10.55 Break
11.10 Workshops

  • Workshop 1: “Assessment of a factory based packing task, identifying and quantifying the risk” including task analysis/identifying actions, locating the risk and exploring methods of returning people to work. Facilitated by Mike Fray, Margaret Hanson and Sarah Woodbridge.

12.40 Lunch
13.30 Workshops

  • Workshop 2: “Upper limb workshop”, solutions and ergonomic interventions, case studies. Facilitated by Sarah Woodbridge.
  • Workshop 3: “Lower limb/back workshop”, solutions and ergonomic interventions, case studies. Facilitated by Mike Fray.

14.50 Break
15.10 Workshops

  • Workshop 2: “Upper limb workshop”, solutions and ergonomic interventions, case studies. Facilitated by Sarah Woodbridge.
  • Workshop 3: “Lower limb/back workshop”, solutions and ergonomic interventions, case studies. Facilitated by Mike Fray.

16.40 Closing Remarks 

Sarah Woodbridge is an Occupational Therapist / Ergonomist specialising in upper limb injury and conditions. Based both within the health service and industry, she has many years of experience in work assessment, rehabilitation, and hand therapy. Sarah is also a tutor at Derby University’s MSc Hand Therapy course.

Costs
Members of Ergonomics Society, NHS, CSP, & COT: £158.63 (£135 +vat)
Non members: £205.63 (£175 +vat)

Registration
On-line registration is now open. Click here for more information.

Source:   The Ergonomics Society

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