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Laurentian’s Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health co-hosts national ergonomics conference

The 49th annual ACE Conference focuses on the prevention of occupational injuries and illnesses

(2018-10-16) The Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) at Laurentian University recently partnered with the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE) to bring the 49th annual ACE Conference to Sudbury from October 15-18, 2018.

A first for Northern Ontario, the joint conference explores the many ways both ergonomics and health and safety comprehension are expanding, and how the application of this knowledge can have a positive impact on everyone in any sector. The theme “From Research to Practice to Prevention” illustrates the cycle in the prevention of occupational injuries and illnesses. 

“The Association of Canadian Ergonomists is pleased to partner with CROSH to help bring this national conference to the North,” said Patricia Hope, President, ACE Ontario Region. “This year’s event highlights both the research work by CROSH and the continued effort by ACE to promote research and awareness of ergonomics and human factors.”

Over 150 ergonomists and occupational health and safety experts from across Canada are expected to attend the four-day conference which includes 39 presentations, seven workshops, and three interactive sessions. Keynote speakers include:

  • Professor Neil Mansfield (Head of Engineering, Nottingham Trent University, UK);
  • Dr. Catherine Trask (Canada Research Chair in Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Health and Associate Professor, Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, University of Saskatchewan);
  • Dr. Marie Laberge (Associate Professor, École de réadaptation, Université de Montréal); and
  • Dr. Richard Gasaway (President & Principal Consultant, Gasaway Consulting Group, and Chief Scientist, Situational Awareness Matters).

“The ACE conference has always been one of my favourite conferences to attend due to the mix of practitioners and researchers, along with the sharing of research in very practical ways,” added Dr. Alison Godwin, Associate Director, CROSH. “We are thrilled to partner with ACE and highlight some of our applied field research.”  

The 2018 ACE-CROSH Conference coincides with Global Ergonomics Month, an annual initiative aiming to increase knowledge of musculoskeletal disorder hazards in the workplace while also highlighting the role ergonomics can play in improving health and safety.



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