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SPECIAL ONLINE Helena SHRM Meeting: Thursday, October 1, 2020 - Ergonomics for Working from Home

  • Thursday, October 01, 2020
  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • https://zoom.us/j/94963459188?pwd=bFAvbzBXcnZwV1dvTk5PeHhtS0hMQT09
  • 35

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Ergonomics for Working from Home

Session Description:

Ergonomics is not just about injury and illness reduction. It is about reduced human error, increased quality, and productivity.  It is about maintaining that competitive advantage. This course shares information on key ergonomic concepts and the benefits of ergonomics.  These include health problems related to too much sitting, how to set up or enhance an ergonomic workstation at the home office, and stretching exercises.  You will learn tips to help you build a workspace that avoids unnecessary stress to your body, including how to correctly adjust your chairs and footrests, and proper positioning of your computer monitors, keyboard and mouse to minimize the risk of developing discomfort.  Lastly, the course provides stretching ideas that can be done in the comfort of your home office.  Stretching is one part of a successful ergonomics program that can help to prevent musculoskeletal disorders and pain and discomfort in general. 

Additionally, when presented to human resource professionals, this course will include content and discussion on the interface of workers’ compensation insurance and work from home.  This includes impacts on claim compensability, span of control considerations, and promoting ergonomic safety to remote employees. 

Speaker: Herb Byers, Senior Safety Management Consultant

Herb joined our staff in 1999 and served as a Safety Management Consultant (SMC) for 20 years before becoming the Senior SMC. He began his safety career as a Loss Prevention Representative for Lumbermen’s Underwriting Alliance and a Safety Management Consultant with Argonaut Insurance Company. He later worked for CIGNA Property and Casualty as a Risk Control Specialist in Helena. Herb holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Organizational Communication,Magna Cum Laude, from Central Michigan University. He is professionally designated as a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Loss Control Management (ALCM), Associate in Risk Management/Public Entities/Enterprise Risk Management (ARM – P,E), and Associate in Insurance Services (AIS) by the Insurance Institute of America/Institute for CPCU. H

Speaker: Keri Maes, Safety Management Consultant

Keri joined our staff in 1996. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. Keri’s main consulting priorities are to engage in early return to work programs, hiring procedures, management accountability, written safety programs, organizing safety committees, early/first reporting, and overall effective claims management. Keri is a certified defensive driving instructor and she is an active member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

Speaker: Troy Meier, Safety Management Consultant

Troy joined our staff in 2019. He is a retired Air Force Intelligence Operator with 20 years of service and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Education. Troy started his safety career with Kennametal, Inc in Fallon, NV as an Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) assistant coordinator. He then held the position of Industrial Hygienist Tech for the world’s largest ammunition depot in Hawthorne, NV where he was responsible for conducting noise and air samples. Prior to joining MSF, Troy also served as an Environmental Health and Safety Manager for Kennametal, Inc and a Safety Coordinator at Idaho Milk Products.


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