How are the changes you’re making in your facility to prevent the spread of COVID-19 affecting employees in their workday?
Changes in staffing, employee screening, and work-from-home policies can have unintended effects as employees have to adapt. And in production or service environments, physical barriers and personal protective equipment intended to protect against transmission of COVID-19 can introduce a new set of risks with MSI injuries, fatigue, and mental health impacts.
Join us Tuesday, June 30, for advice from expert presenters: Dr. Angela Eykelbosh, Environmental Health Scientist at the BCCDC and National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health, and Dr. Era Poddar, Ergonomics Specialist at the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC.
In this session, learn:
- How to recognize the risks you may be introducing into your production environment with new COVID-19 controls and processes
- Interrupting COVID-19 transmission with physical barriers; the reasoning, requirements, and unintended consequences
- How to address design flaws in production line configurations
- How to assess space requirements for workers on the production line
- Steps you can take to reduce the risk of fatigue and MSIs
About the presenters:
Angela Eykelbosh MSc, PhD | Environmental Research Scientist, BC Centre for Disease Control and National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health
Dr. Eykelbosh is an environmental health scientist and knowledge translation specialist who works on a range of environmental health issues. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Eykelbosh and the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health team have dedicated their efforts to gathering and synthesizing public health evidence to better understand the risks of disease transmission in indoor environments, including homes, workplaces, and public settings, as well as the tools and strategies to mitigate this risk. More information on the NCCEH’s COVID-19 response and resources can be found at www.ncceh.ca.
Era Poddar MSc, PhD | Ergonomics Specialist, Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC
Dr. Poddar is a certified ergonomist, currently consulting with manufacturing and food processing members of the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC. Dr. Poddar has worked in multiple industries, universities, and government across the globe. With a Ph.D. in Industrial Ergonomics, she was a scholar of the Indian Council of Medical Research and holds an International General Certification in Occupational Safety & Health. Dr. Poddar previously worked as an ergonomics and human factors consultant with a leading multinational in the USA and ran an ergonomics consultancy business in Dubai. She is a frequent presenter on ergonomics and human factors issues and has published multiple papers and books.
Watch the video on demand
Additional web resources:
- WorkSafeBC | COVID-19 and returning to safe operation – Phases 2 & 3
- WorkSafeBC: COVID-19 health and safety: Designing effective barriers
- NCCEH partitions document
- NCCEH COVID-19 topic page
- UVGI light