News and Events

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OH&S Blog (Occupational Health & Safety)  "Contagious Dual & Large Monitor Neck Syndrome" July, 2014. Read the article here!

Reluctant construction workers see benefits and results of ErgoFit Consulting's worksite warm-ups. Watch the Q13 Fox News report here!

Train The Evaluator: Office Ergonomic Screens© September 8th, 11th, & 16th 2014 -  9:00 AM - 3:15 PM. Hosted by the City of Edmonds, WA

 

Upcoming conferences:

65th AALAS National Meeting. "Cagewash Complexities - How to Protect and Support Staff" October 22, 2014. San Antonio, TX

2015 Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety & Health (GOSH) Conference.  Deborah Read will be speaking about 'Lean Ergonomics' from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM on Tuesday March 10, 2015 Portland, OR

 

ErgoFit has presented at the following conferences:

Disability Management Employer Coalition (DEMC). "To Stand Or Not To Stand @ Your Computer Workstation"  February 27, 2014 Seattle, WA 

LWHRA 2014 Symposium: "Ergonomics for a Healthier Workforce"  February 11, 2014 Bellevue, WA 

64th AALAS National Meeting. "Occupational Health Risk Assessment, Ergonomic Assessment and Injury Prevention for Vivarium Perrsonel"  October 29, 2013 Baltimore, MD 

Blue Mountain Occupational Safety & Health Conference. "Is Your Stretch and Flex Program Cutting Edge?" June 4, 2013 Pendleton, Oregon

Oregon Governor's Occupational & Health Conference (GOSH). "Overview of MSD Injury Risk Identification and Solutions in Construction." March 5, 2013. Portland, OR

Snohomish County Human Resources Association. "Creating the Age Friendly Workplace." Jun. 14, 2012. Everett, WA.

ErgoHealth Health Fair. "To Stand or Not To Stand @ Computer WorkStations?" Jun. 5, 2012. Renton, WA.

Health & Safety EXPO at the TRAC Center. May 15 & 16, 2012. Pasco, WA

Professional Women in Building Council of Master Builders Association. “ErgoGirl's Top 3 Most Egregious Office Crimes!”  Feb. 14, 2012.  Bellevue, WA.

Institute for Human Resources Employee Wellness Virtual Conference. “The Ergonomic Bridge to Wellness” national webinar.  Sept. 15, 2011.  United States and Canada. 

Puget Sound Human Factors & Ergonomics Society Annual Occupational Ergonomics Symposium. Co-presenting “Lean & Ergonomics Integration.”  Sept. 15, 2011.  Seattle, WA. 

Approach Management Open House Keynote. “Creating the Age Friendly Workplace!”  Aug 25, 2011. Seattle, WA.

Associated General Contractors Chapter. “How Material Layout Impacts Safety and Efficiency.”   June 16, 2011. Portland, OR.

Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety & Health Conference. “Integrating Lean and Ergonomics to Improve Safety and Productivity”.  March 9, 2011. Portland, OR.

Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety & Health Conference. “Is Your Stretch & Flex Program Cutting Edge?”  March 8, 2011. Portland, OR.

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Associated General Contractors of Portland, OR. “Soft Tissue Injury Prevention” Facilitator. Feb 2011.

Columbia Tower Club Business Expo. “ErgoFit’s Top 3 Most Egregious Office Ergonomic Crimes!”  Feb 2011. Seattle, WA.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Seattle chapter. “Diversity Initiatives to Mitigate EEO Litigation Risk.”  Dec. 2, 2010. Seattle, WA.

ASSE Longview Chapter. “OSHA & Ergonomics”.  Oct. 21, 2010. Longview, WA.

ASSE Seattle Chapter. “Creating an Age-Friendly Workplace”.  Oct. 20, 2010. Seattle, WA.

Puget Sound Human Factors & Ergonomics Society. Annual Occupational Ergonomics Symposium.  “Is Your Stretch & Flex Program Cutting Edge?”.  Sept. 15, 2010. Seattle, WA.

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ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers). Professional Development Conference. “Case Study: Productivity & Injury Risk Improvements at a Mail and Distribution Center”.  June, 2010. Baltimore, MD.

National Applied Ergonomics Conference.“Ergonomic Fix-It Strategies for Animal Labs.”  March, 2010. San Antonio, TX.

National Applied Ergonomics Conference. “Case Study: Productivity & Injury Risk Improvements at a Mail and Distribution Center”.  March, 2010. San Antonio, TX.

World of Concrete annual conference. “Ergonomics In Construction Panel”.  February, 2010. Las Vegas, NV.

Voluntary Protection Program Association for Construction annual conference. “Wellness Panel”.  February, 2010. Las Vegas, NV.

Puget Sound Human Factors & Ergonomics Society’s Annual Occupational Ergonomics Symposium. “Ergonomic Fix-It Strategies for Animal Labs.”   October, 2009. Seattle, WA.

ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers). Professional Development Conference. “Is Your Stretch & Flex Program Cutting Edge?” June, 2009. San Antonio, TX.

WBAALAS (Washington Branch American Association of Laboratory Animal Science). Annual Trade Fair. “Ergonomic Fix-It Strategies for Animal Labs.” March, 2009. Seattle, WA.

VPPAC (Voluntary Protection Program Association for Construction) first annual conference. “Is Your Stretch & Flex Program Cutting Edge?” February, 2009. Las Vegas, NV.

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PSHFES (Puget Sound Human Factors & Ergonomics Society). Annual Occupational Ergonomics Symposium. “Case Study: Productivity & Injury Risk Improvements at a Mail and Distribution Center”. September, 2008. Seattle, WA.

Washington Healthcare Association. Annual Safety Fair. “Stretch Breaks! Program”. August, 2008. Seattle, WA.

January 21, 2008"Functional Movement Screen: How to Interpret It." Open Course for PFT's! Boring, OR.

December 1-2, 2007"Ergonomics In the Trenches I" A Practical Ergonomics Seminar for for Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists. Multicare, Tacoma, WA.

November 14, 2007"Exercise Design & Modification for Postural Deficits & Imbalances" + "Program Implementation". Open Course for PFTs!  Boring, OR.

Octobter 25-27, 2007 — IAFF Redmond Symposium. Deborah Read instructed three functional fitness classes.

September 25, 2007"Fit To Go! Exercises For The Road!" Presentation for the 1st Annual Trucker Wellness Seminar for the Washington Trucking Assocation, part of the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference. Tacoma, WA.

September 12, 2007 — Deborah Read, President of ErgoFit Consulting received an award for "Service Way Beyond The Call of Duty" from Puget Sound Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

September 12-13, 2007 — Puget Sound Human Factors and Ergonomics Society annual Occupational Ergonomics Symposium. 

June Issue, 2007 — Deborah Read, Founder and President of ErgoFit Consulting, Inc., was recently interviewed by Better Homes & Gardens for an article on good posture --What is it? What are the risks of poor posture? How to achieve good posture? Look for the article to be published this spring or summer! Check it now!

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May 23, 2007 "Safer You = Safer Patients" presentation for the WA Health Care Association. Vancouver, WA.

May 2, 2007"Preventing Workplace Injuries - Promoting Staff Safety" Presentation for The Home Care Association of Washington, in Lynnwood WA, a 2- part series titled

October 12-13, 2006 — Puget Sound Human Factors and Ergonomics Society annual Occupational Ergonomics Symposium.

Deborah receiving a PSHFES's first ever "For service way beyond the call of duty" award for her work as 2007 President.  PSHFES recieved the National Distinguished Chapter of the Year award under her direction.

October 4, 2006 — Presentation for the Association of Washington Cities annual Healthy Worksite Summit, in Bellevue WA, titled "How Lifestyle Can Influence Occupational Injury and Illness Risk, and What Can be Done About It?" (co-presented with colleague Bruce Coulter).

June 16, 2006 — Interviewed by Beth Ann McBride on CBS Radio in North Carolina, WSJS, for a live radio chat about aches and pains in the office and 4 of my top 5 list of "Most Egregious Ergonomic Crimes".

June 2-3, 2006"Ergonomics in the Trenches" continuing education workshop for OT's and PT's, with day one's focus on the office setting, by Janet Peterson, and day two's focus on non-office settings by Deborah Read.

June 1, 2006 — Interviewed by EWeek, an online magazine, on the topic of office ergonomics. See the article,“The Perils of PC Posture”, at http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1970696,00.asp

May 10, 2006"Why is that Kink in my Neck?" office and laboratory ergonomics presentation at the Society of Research Administrator's Western Section 2006 meeting in Portland, OR.

March 10, 2006 — Short Presentation on Home Office ergonomics at SBA's WNET program (Women’s Network for Entrepreneurial Training).

Deborah receiving a PSHFES's first ever "For service way beyond the call of duty" award for her work as 2007 President.  PSHFES recieved the National Distinguished Chapter of the Year award under her direction.

 

ErgoTips & Tidbits

Lifting

When it comes to lifting, even something as small as a notebook – when it’s awkward – can hurt...

The rules of thumb with lifting are:

  1. Put your most frequently lifted items and heaviest items as close to your waist as possible, whether sitting or standing, and as close to your body as possible.
  2. Put your least frequently lifted items and lightest items above shoulder level.
  3. Those moderate items can go below your thigh or waist level.

Prioritizing and organizing with these principles in mind will improve the health of your neck, shoulders, and back!

Rest Breaks

From InsuranceJournal.com - "Workers who are obese may need longer rest breaks to return to their initial state of muscle function. Based on the increased fatigue found among workers who are obese, workplace designers may need to consider adding fixtures and supports to minimize the amount of time that the body mass segments need to be supported..."  

Testimonials

Juno Therapeutics

"The Ergonomic Design Consultation for our space modification was just what we were looking for and was helpful in many ways: a) it provided specifications for our design and facilities team to ensure our plans and equipment purchases were ergonomically sound; b) it helped to demonstrate to management and employees that a thoughtful process was used in the choices that were made, and c) it communicates to employees that we value their health and safety." — Nancy LaJambe, Human Resources Coordinator, Juno Therapeutics