Reviewing participatory ergonomics and outlining a tool kit to help develop participatory ergonomics interventions




Deadline to register: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Webinar Date: Friday, May 23, 2014 at 1pm MDT

Reviewing participatory ergonomics and outlining a tool kit to help develop participatory ergonomics interventions

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Participatory Ergonomics (PE) has evolved to become a common method of workplace assessment and investigation. Yet, this intervention approach if often associated with difficulties engaging key stakeholders, accessing proper training resources, ensuring proper knowledge translation, capacity building and sustainability. However, many of the criticisms and barriers of participatory ergonomics are common in other fields of participatory research. In this presentation we will explore a recent project that identified some of the parallels between participatory ergonomics and participatory research in public health, and identify lessons that we can draw upon to better support participatory ergonomics projects.  

In addition, while academic literature has developed models for PE approaches, comprehensive explanation of the steps, training and the roles and responsibilities of key actors are rather limited. Recognizing the need for a set of comprehensive resources researchers at the SafetyNet Centre for OHS Research at Memorial University, McGill University and the Université de Québec à Montréal worked to develop “A Team Approach”. This package includes a promotional video to explain the merits of PE approaches to industrial stakeholders, an Ergonomists Guide to implementing participatory approaches, and an extensive training manual and associated intervention tools for development of knowledge and skills of Ergonomics Team members at the enterprise ( Within this presentation we will detail these tools to guide ergonomics investigations, training and intervention development. In addition, we present case studies detailing the application of the tools in food processing facilities in eastern Canada, and at a concrete pipe production facility in Northern Alberta.  


Bio - Dr. David Antle, PhD, AE

David completed his PhD in Kinesiology, specializing in occupational biomechanics and ergonomics, from McGill University in 2013. In addition, he completed his Masters of Science in Kinesiology at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s in 2008, specializing in Ergonomics and Biomechanics, and an undergraduate BSc (Kinesiology) from Dalhousie University in 2005.  

Currently, David works as an ergonomist and takes an active role in ongoing applied research projects by serving as EWI Works’ Research Director.  

David has gathered extensive experience in the field – with a repertoire including: research and development of tools and programs to reduce musculoskeletal disorders, development of simulator and training technologies, and development of education and training programs to improve worker safety and performance. In addition to work at EWI Works, David is also an Associate Researcher for the SafetyNet Center for Occupational Health and Safety Research at Memorial University, and an alumni member of the Occupational Biomechanics and Ergonomics Laboratory at McGill University.  

Over and above his academic pursuits and work experience, David has also been invited to both speak and chair for health and wellness groups at McGill University, for the Association of Canadian Ergonomists and the International Conference for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders, among others. He is also a published author in the field of Ergonomics. 

He currently holds his Associate Ergonomist status and is working toward gaining his Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE) designation from the Canadian College for the Certification of Professional Ergonomists.

David M. Antle, PhD, AE (Associate Ergonomist)

Research Director/Ergonomist

EWI Works Inc.