Optimize Performance & Employee Safety Through
Workplace Ergonomics

Now Available On-Demand

Originally Recorded:
September 23, 2021

Speakers: Christy Lotz, M.Sc. CPE, Director of Ergonomics Consulting &
                  Senior Ergonomics Engineer, VelocityEHS

                  Jeff Sanford, MHK, CPE, Director of Ergonomics Consulting &
                  Senior Ergonomics Engineer, VelocityEHS

Moderator:  Meagan Parrish, Senior Editor, Pharma Manufacturing

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Soft tissue injuries, also known as musculoskeletal disorders or MSDs, are a top workplace health and safety concern in pharmaceutical manufacturing. While this industry has some of the same MSD risk factors as other industries, such as repetitive motions and manual material handling, it also comes with a unique set of challenges.

Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations are the focus, and often, less emphasis is placed on how equipment will be used, who will us it, and the overall design of the workplace. Plus, operations and equipment are not easy to change or modify once approved and installed. Fine motor tasks in lab work and bulk handling during and mixing or packaging are common areas of risk.

Ergonomics, when done right, improves both employee well-being and operational performance. When ignored, injuries, absenteeism, quality defects, productivity lags, and other issues can arise.

During this live webinar, you will learn methods to mitigate risks and improve workplace design. The presenters, both board-certified professional ergonomists, will address:

  1. Five essential steps to preventing MSDs in this industry
  2. The most common workplace ergonomics issues specific to pharma manufacturing
  3. How to use ergonomic design guidelines to reduce injury risk

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Meet the Presenters

Christy 3.5x5

Christy Lotz, M.Sc. CPE
Director of Ergonomics Consulting & Senior Ergonomics Engineer VelocityEHS

Christy Lotz, Director of Ergonomics Consulting and Senior Ergonomics Engineer for VelocityEHS leads large-scale ergonomics initiatives in Fortune 1000 companies and helps organizations build internal ergonomics expertise using software solutions. Her clients include Eli Lilly and Company, Novartis, Dawn Foods, Dominos, Syngenta, and Toyota.

Christy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a Master of Science degree in Ergonomics and Biomechanics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Christy has achieved recognition as a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) and a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE).

Jeff 3.5x5Jeff Sanford, MHK, CPE
Director of Ergonomics Consulting & Senior Ergonomics Engineer VelocityEHS

Jeff Sanford, Director of Ergonomics Consulting & Senior Ergonomics Engineer for VelocityEHS, partners with companies to develop, manage, and sustain global ergonomics programs using software solutions for Fortune 1000 clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including food and beverage, automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical, and steel. 

Prior to joining VelocityEHS, Jeff worked as a divisional ergonomics engineer within the seating systems division of Lear Corporation. Managing ergonomics issues at nine U.S. facilities, launching new products, and solving ergonomics issues arising from products, workstations, processes, and packaging were some of his responsibilities.

Jeff received a Bachelor and Master of Human Kinetics degrees and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario. He has achieved recognition as a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE).


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