Current Webinars

2019 Webinar Series

Establishing Acceptable Manual Forces in the Proactive Ergonomics Process: Development and Implementation of the Arm Force Field Method

Nick La Delfa, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor Faculty of Health Sciences Ontario Tech University

Date: July 25, 2019

Time: 12:00 PM EST

Duration: 60 Minutes

Webinar Overview – Presented in English

Webinar Description:

To reduce the likelihood of work-related musculoskeletal overexertion injuries, a common approach in ergonomics involves the evaluation of task demands with respect to the physical capacity of the population. Due to the complexity of the workplace, and the myriad of possible task conditions, ergonomists and industrial engineers have relied on sophisticated digital human models (DHMs) to analyze the feasibility of tasks on a number of fronts, including: analyses of hand clearance, reach, line-of-sight, spine compression/shear and strength capabilities. Aside from the ability to model complex postures and task characteristics, DHMs allow for proactive ergonomics assessments, where workplaces and tasks can be assessed virtually before they ever exist in reality. This proactive ergonomics approach can result in substantial cost savings to industry and has the potential to drastically reduce workplace injury.

This webinar will highlight:

This webinar will focus on the application of DHMs for determining acceptable manual forces in industry. Dr. La Delfa will address fundamental limitations with how DHMs were traditionally used to estimate manual arm strength capability, leading to the development and eventual implementation of the Arm Force Field Method, which he developed in his doctoral thesis with Dr. Jim Potvin. The Arm Force Field has since been implemented within leading DHM software platforms, including Jack (Siemens) and Santos (SantosHuman Inc.).

Brief Biography of the Facilitator:

Dr. Nick La Delfa

Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.