Dr. David Rempel's Retirement
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Dr. Rempel put together an excellent symposium of National Perspectives on Ergonomics.
He presented speakers with personal first hand anecdotes of their struggles and triumphs in the development of the ergonomics field.
Starting with a recap of the history of ergonomics in workplace design, in injury prevention, in the California legislature including in healthcare and on to ergonomics in developing countries. The agenda moved on to review the Built Environment and the successes and pitfalls of H&S culture programs. And finally, the conclusion of a doctorate dissertation, "Prevention of Hand and Arm Injuries in the Workplace" by Carissa Harris-Adamson: to provide a safety culture that promotes positive reinforcement,rewards vs penalized behavior, a balance of worker well being and performance is key in lowering repetitive motion injury rates.
All this has happened in the last 30 - 35 years. Yep, we have all witnessed ergonomics evolve as a science!