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ErgoFit Consulting's Founder & President, Deborah Read, will be speaking at the Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting of the Association of Occupational Healthcare Professionals (AOHP) on Thursday December 7th, 2017 in Burien, WA. For more details please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

News:

ErgoFit Consulting was recently featured on BusinessMakers USA on HighDrive Network on July 25th 2017. If you missed it watch it on HighDrive!

ErgoFit Consulting Founder & President, Deborah Read, discussed office ergonomics pointers on KING 5 TV’s local talkshow New Day Northwest  on July 12th 2017.

If you missed it watch it here!
Part 1
  Part 2

Deborah Read has been named the new Administrator / Facilitator for the Pacific Northwest Ergo Roundtable. Get more information here!

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!

ErgoFit has presented at the following conferences:

Deborah Read presented "Top Tips for Lifting & What to STOP Doing!"  during an Employer Resources Northwest (ERNwest) webinar on June 15th, 2017.

Deborah Read presented "Prevention Through Design: A Commercial Fishing Vessel Case Study" during the  29th Annual ISOES (International Society for Occupational Ergonomics and Safety) Symposium, on June 1st, 2017  Seattle, WA.

Deborah Read presented "Ergonomics for a Healthier Workplace" during the  2017 WAHU (Washington Association of Health Underwriters) Symposium, on March 22nd, 2017  Seattle, WA.

DMEC (Greater Seattle) - Disability Management Employer Coalition. Deborah Read presented, "Ergonomics and How to Maximize Your investment" October 5, 2016,  Tukwila, WA

Deborah Read presented at the Win With Washington Speaks Business Symposium series designed to give thought leadership on propelling organizations to big wins. Deborah's piece was "Business of Being Fearless", was a success! June 22, 2016, Seattle, WA 

Western Pulp, Paper, & Forest Products Safety & Health Conference. Deborah Read presented,"Starter Industrial Ergonomic Assessment + Research behind 'Stretch & Flex'"  December 4, 2015,  Portland, OR

Deborah Read presented at the Win With Washington Speaks inaugural business symposium series designed to give thought leadership on propelling organizations to big wins called The Art of Visibility: 6 Takes on New Client Acquisition was a success! Deborah's piece was "To Be Real: What Disco & Sales Have In Common" in which she discussed a values-based selling approach. October 27, 2015, Seattle, WA  

2015 Lean Construction Institute's (LCI) Annual Congress.  Deborah Read spoke about "Integrating Lean and Ergo Principles for Improved Safety & Productivity" October 14, 2015,  Boston, MA 

2015 Washington Governor's Industrial Safety & Health (GISH) Conference.October 7 & 8, 2015,  Tacoma, WA

2015 Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety & Health (GOSH) Conference.  Deborah Read spoke about 'Lean Ergonomics' Tuesday March 10, 2015 Monday March 9th - Wednesday March 11th, 2015,  Portland, OR

Washington State Association of Occupational Health Nurses.  Kim Popovic spoke about 'ErgoFit's Top 5 Most Egregious Office Ergonomic Crimes' Tuesday March 3, 2015 

Northwest Health, Environmental and Laboratory Professionals (NWHELP) Group.  Deborah Read was a panelist at the Seattle BioMed campus for the 'Ergonomics and the Sit Stand Epidemic' from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM on Wedneday February 11th, 2015,  Seattle, WA 

Construction Specification Institute (CSI).  Deborah Read will be presented 'To Stand or Not To Stand @ Your Computer Workstation' at the Mt. Rainier Chapter dinner meeting from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday February 5th, 2015, Tacoma, WA 

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

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.

 

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'The Ergonomic Journey'

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WMSDs Among EMS Personnel

When I see a speeding ambulance weaving through traffic, my first thought is, “How do I get out of the way!?”  and my second thought...“I wonder what happened?” 

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers are a vital piece of our world, helping those in need and are always there in times of crisis.  When we watch the news, stories are always focused on the victims…But do you ever stop to think about the EMS workers who helped those victims? 

How many awkward postures, heavy lifts and stressful events were they involved in during one call?  How many of these bodily stressors did they endure over the course of a shift?