Advanced Ergonomic Applications: How to Embed Ergonomic Programming Within High-Level Continuous Improvement Initiatives

Host: Dr. James Rethaber

This webinar will discuss "why" ergonomics should be included in continuous improvement initiatives, "what" could happen if ergonomics is not included in continuous improvement initiatives, and "how" to include ergonomics in continuous improvement initiatives. After completing this webinar, participants will have action items that can be utilized immediately in every type of work environment.


  1. How critical knowing all aspects of the job(s)/job process(es) is to success of the continuous improvement initiatives.
  2. The importance of including baseline ergonomics data to ensure the human is not placed at risk.
  3. Identify the "why", "what", and "how" of utilizing ergonomics in continuous improvement initiatives.
With increased competition, rising costs of materials, increased demands of consumers, etc., organizations are looking to optimize the performance of the entire system while decreasing waste. Continuous improvement methodologies, such as Lean and Six Sigma, strive to accomplish that feat. At the core of these methodologies is the human operator. What if continuous improvement initiatives are implemented without considering the human? The results of not including ergonomics within continuous improvement initiatives could result in increased direct and indirect costs for the organization.




James-Bio-Image_footer.jpgDr. James Rethaber, Ph.D., CPE is currently the Director of Ergonomics at Fit For Work and on the Board of Directors with the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics. Dr. Rethaber has completed over 5,000 physical demands analyses/ergonomic risk assessments and is responsible for developing engineering and non-engineering initiatives that reduce injury while also improving productivity (lean ergonomics). He has worked in the fields of orthopedic sports medicine, biomechanics, and ergonomics for over 15 years, and is a published researcher and a national speaker on ergonomics and injury prevention.