MSD Prevention in the Design Stage


Incorporating ergonomics into workplace practices can occur at any stage of the process but the most efficient and cost-effective time is when you are in the design phase: designing a new line, building a cell, adding equipment, changing a workstation layout or other similar change.

Tackling ergonomics during design helps to cut costs by identifying ergonomic concerns before implementation, allowing for changes and improvements to be made that minimize the likelihood of costly injury claims. It also improves efficiency by eliminating MSD hazards that incur non-productive movements such as reaching and bending: a win-win!

Join us to get a better understanding of how ergonomics can be leveraged during the design phase of project for improvements to efficiency and injury reduction. Key takeaways from this session will include:

  • Summarizing how Ergonomic Design Reviews can be utilized during the project design phase
  • Determine what types of objective information the Ergonomic Design Review can provide to address potential MSD hazards in the proposed design
  • Understand how understanding the MSD hazards and associated injury risk can be leveraged to improve the design to increase productivity, minimize fatigue, reduce downtime and injury claims


Presenter: Jen McGillis, M.Sc., R.Kin., CPE

Jennifer is a Registered Kinesiologist and Certified Professional Ergonomist and one of the co-owners of PROergonomics. Jennifer has been an Ergonomic Consultant for more than 15 years, providing ergonomic assessment and training services evaluating and addressing MSD hazards to improve set-up and reduce injury risk for all workers. The team at PROergonomics specializes in providing high-level proactive assessments including Ergonomic Design Reviews of equipment and workstations to identify and ‘design out' potential MSD hazards, helping improve workstation layouts, increase efficiency and reduce employee injury risk to ensure a safer, healthier and more efficient workplace for all.

  • Event: Webinar
  • Date: Sep 15, 2021
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