United States Ergonomics will be presenting multiple sessions at the National Ergonomic Conference in Las Vegas this August.

Session 1: Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017 : 1:15 – 3:45 p.m.


Manual Materials Handling Strategies and Design for Ergonomic Success

Designing manual materials handling (MMH) jobs to optimize productivity and reduce ergonomic risks and fatigue is a goal for any warehouse, manufacturing, assembly or healthcare workplace. A thorough understanding of the biomechanics and physiologic principles of proper MMH techniques is necessary to balance work demands. You’ll be given ergonomic specifications and guidelines, as well as simple tools and methods for quantifying and prioritizing MMH risk

  • Review techniques for establishing effective work and recovery periods
  • Calculate the effects of heat, humidity and cold on human MMH capacity
  • Identify best practice strategies to enlist employee support and establish a sustainable effort


Session 2: Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 1:00 – 2 p.m.


Reduce Risk and Optimize Performance of Hand-Held Product Use

Our hands are our most useful tools at work. And, the tools and products we hold in our hands can either enhance our efficiency or zap our strength, depending on design and function. Understanding the basic anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of hand-held product use is essential to task design. Mr. Costello will provide specific examples of ideal product design and purchasing specifications from the automotive, aerospace, assembly, healthcare, laboratory and heavy industries.

  • Review the basic biomechanics of hand-held product use
  • Optimize the use of powered and non-powered tools, retail POS devices, bar code scanners, surgical equipment, gloves, and more
  • Reduce the risks of repetitive strain related to hand-held product use

Kevin Costello, CPE, President, United States Ergonomics BCPE logo