Jodi Oakman is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Ergonomics and Human Factors, La Trobe University and the postgraduate coordinator for the Ergonomics, Safety and Health program. Jodi has worked extensively in industry as a consultant Ergonomist to a wide range of organisations. Jodi is a qualified physiotherapist and has a PhD in the area of the ageing workforce and the impact of organisations on their employees’ retirement intentions. Her research focus is currently examining the impact of the psychosocial work environment on musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). She has 2 higher degree students researching in this area.
Students taking a first year elective (HBS1HWP Health, Work and Play) learn how wellbeing, health and safety are affected by our work and other activities. The aim of this subject is to enable students to understand the importance for health and safety of planning and designing work, activities and other things to suit human needs, capacities and limitations. Using a systematic approach to problem solving based on Ergonomics, Safety and Health (ESH) principles of professional practice, students investigate a variety of examples drawn from road safety, occupational health and safety, and the wider community.
To gain experience of using anthropometric data students are required to consider what sort of anthropometric data is needed when redesigning a room for a particular group of users. In the scenario, students are asked to redesign either the family bathroom, bedroom or spare room/study as their grandmother needs to move in with them. Students use the data gathered to develop a scale drawing and then build a scale 3D mock up of the redesigned room. As the subject is fully online, students complete this work at home and then film the interaction between the users and the room.
This assignment has challenged students to source and use data that was new to them and to be creative in thinking about how space is used. When building the 3D mock ups students had to be innovative to produce a mock up that showcased their work.
Please view the links below to see student submissions for this assignment (student permission granted).
Graduate certificate and Masters of Ergonomics students recently participated in an on-campus day at La Trobe University. There were presentations from academics and ergonomic practitioners as well as practical workshops.
Students enrolled in OHC had the option of participating in a site visit where we were given a guided tour through the high end facilities of the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science. Following this students participated in an exercise where they analysed Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
Students Peta, Chris, Mark and Tafi hard at work looking at MSDS
The Safety Institute of Australia together with the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board announced the winners of national OHS education awards at the recent Dr Eric Wigglesworth Memorial Lecture. Congratulations to Cameron Stevens who completed a Masters of Ergonomics, Safety and Health at Latrobe University and was awarded the National OHS Education Award at the Postgraduate level. Cameron received a study grant of $2000 together with membership of the SIA. The Centre for Ergonomics and Human Factors also recieved a plaque of recognition.
Cameron is pictured with another award winner, Dr Christine Teague from Edith Cowan University, as well as Phil Lovelock of SIA.
Tessa Keegel is a Lecturer at the Centre for Ergonomics and Human Factors, La Trobe University.Tessa has qualifications in epidemiology and biostastics, as well as cultural theory. Most of her experience has been gained in universities or public health organisations. Tessa’s research interests are in the field of work and health. She is particularly interested in the ways an individual’s health and well-being are contextualized within workplaces, with respect to occupational exposures and disease. Tessa has a special interest in the ways that policy and legislation affect these interactions. She has conducted extensive research on the psychosocial work environment and other hazardous exposures including those leading to occupational contact dermatitis.
Rwth Stuckey has worked as an ergonomics and OHS consultant and occupational rehabilitation adviser for more than 35 years, in many industries across Australia and internationally. She has a particular interest in preventing injury and illness and promoting healthy workplaces and in particular improving work design and practice for postal, meat, gallery, health care, sugar and assembly workers and others in manufacturing and other practical environments. She is a Senior Lecturer at Latrobe and Monash Universities.
Victoria is an occupational psychologist who has been working in human factors in both the UK and Australia for over 20 years, using her knowledge of how people behave to try to make work safer. Her previous research projects have been diverse and have included investigating the public’s perception and use of commonly used insecticides, psychological factors as determinants of time for egress in emergency evacuations from railway coaches and train driver behaviour in coal mines. She joined the Centre for Ergonomics and Human Factors in March 2009 and teaches at both postgraduate and undergraduate level. Victoria is currently working on her PhD.