ASSE Announce New Ergonomics Practice Specialty Branch
Des Plaines, IL (December 18, 2006) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced the formation of a new ergonomics branch, co-sponsored by the ASSE Industrial Hygiene and Engineering Practice Specialties, to enhance the professional development of ASSE members and to address the rising number of injuries due to improper ergonomic behavior.
Ergonomic-related injuries include soft tissue sprains associated with repetitive motions of workers’ fingers, hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, legs or from body positions and movements that entail subtle strain. Ergonomics refers to the science dedicated to designing workstations, tasks, tools, machine and equipment controls, lighting, temperature and work methods to fit workers’ capabilities and limitations. The science of ergonomics utilizes anthropometry, physiology, engineering and their interrelationships.
Due to the number of ASSE practice specialty members who already work in ergonomics, the Industrial Hygiene and Engineering Practice Specialties felt that a dedicated ergonomics branch would be a great benefit to them.
Vice President of the Council on Practices and Standards (CoPS) Jim Smith said, “The goal of the new branch is to create a knowledge exchange platform to capture the membership’s body of knowledge and to develop a delivery system by which members will have easy access to this knowledge. This knowledge network will ultimately assist members in better performing their jobs and in protecting people, property and the environment.”
Eric Stager, administrator of the Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty, also noted that the new ergonomics branch should expand its knowledge base to allow for discussion and design of new, practical ways to reduce soft-tissue injuries.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information check ASSE’s website at www.asse.org.