Monthly Archives: January 2015

New publications from the Centre for Ergonomics, Safety and Health

Dr Jodi Oakman, Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Ergonomics, Safety and Health, has recently had two articles published. Jodi’s research considers different industry sectors in relation to the prediction and risk management of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD). Risk factors such as physical and psychosocial hazards are considered as predictors for WMSDs. The publications provide support for new approaches to more systematic WMSD risk management, including the use of a ‘toolkit’ to assist organisations to identify and address the most relevant WMSD risks in their workplaces.

For some holiday reading, Jodi’s publications are listed:

Oakman, J. & Chan, S. (2015). Risk Management: Where should we target strategies to reduce work-related musculoskeletal disorders? Safety Science. 73 (March ) 99-105. http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1QAmB3IVV9MWh6

Oakman, J., Macdonald, W., & Wells, Y. (2014). The need for change: Evidence to support a more comprehensive approach to risk management of musculoskeletal disorders in non-nursing employees sector. Applied Ergonomics, 45 (6) 1634-1640. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003687014001033

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia

At the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA) conference, which was held in Adelaide in November, Dr Jodi Oakman, Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Ergonomics and Human Factors, at La Trobe University,  took over the role of HFESA Secretary and will hold this position for 2 years, Jenny Long is HFESA president and Rodney Powell is treasurer (see photo). These two years will include the period in which the International Ergonomics Association Conference will be held in Melbourne (see http://iea2015.org ). The IEA conference will be a great opportunity to see and meet international colleagues in the field of ergonomics. We strongly recommend attending at least some of the conference and of course the social events.