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Workshop 1

Green Ergonomics


Prof. Alan Hedge

Cornell University, USA


Green buildings beneficially impact the environment, reduce energy consumption and also should promote employees health, well-being, satisfaction and productivity. To further this goal Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) has introduced a credit for an Ergonomics Strategy. LEED recognizes that architects, designer and ergonomists share common goals in their desire to create workplaces that are comfortable, healthy and productive places.

This course addresses:

  • The requirements for a truly ergonomic workstation arrangement based on the promotion of neutral posture working
  • Certifications for ergonomics proficiency
  • The rationale and evolution of the LEED Pilot Credit 44: Ergonomics Strategy
  • The requirements for this credit
  • Examples many ways in which the workplace environment can be designed to achieve this credit, along with examples of some projects where this has been the case.
  • The International Well Building Institute
  • The emergence of WELL certification
  • The ergonomic requirements for WELL certification

The workshop will be a mix of presentation materials, practical exercises and discussion.

At the end of this workshop attendees will be familiar with the credit requirements for LEED and WELL and they will be able to determine whether this is appropriate for each particular project.

Learning Objectives:

  1. After this course the attendee will recognize the benefits of ergonomic strategies to a green building project.
  2. After this course the attendee will be familiar with how LEED and WELL have evolved to address ergonomics.
  3. After this course the attendee will be able to identify synergies to existing credits and green building strategies.
  4. After this course the attendee will be able to determine if LEED Pilot Credit 44: Ergonomics Strategy, is appropriate for a project.
  5. After this course the attendee will be able to identify possible strategies and best practices to meeting pilot credit requirements
  6. After this course the attendee will be able to define the elements needed to successfully document LEED Pilot Credit 44: Ergonomics Strategy
  7. After this course the attendee will be aware of the elements needed to successfully WELL Ergonomics requirement.


Attendees will receive a handout of the power point slides and appropriate references are given on the slide when this describes either a conceptual publication or an empirical Journal article.

Workshop 2

Dream big …. then think

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Prof. Gitte Lindgaard

Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA &

Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA


As the world’s cities are growing exponentially, they are becoming increasingly unhealthy and unpleasant for people to live in. In this workshop, we will apply a range of different techniques first to evoke our collective creativity and then to explore potential solutions to the major problem of urban congestion. We will use the techniques first to ask ourselves what it would take for a city to be a place where single people, families, and elderly citizens want to live, where they can thrive. We will then identify what is missing in our big cities that makes them so toxic to our health and well-being. Thereafter, we will cull the list of possible solutions to select those ideas that we believe have the most merit while also being as economical as possible, even if these best solutions might take years to implement. The idea behind the workshop is to help us think ‘outside the box’ and discover that it is safe (and fun) to explore the professional challenges we encounter in our work before opening our toolkit with the usual analysis and design tools.

Workshop 3

Work Posture Assessment: How to select the best tool?


Dr. Deepak Sharan

RECOUP Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation Centre, Bangalore, INDIA


Posture is the relationship between different parts of the body. Posture analysis refers to decision-making about the magnitude of a posture, relative to a convention specified in the tool or method used. For example, video can be used to record or collect body postures in the workplace. These postures can be analysed later with software to determine the angle of the body segments, as viewed on the video (NIOSH). The course will provide an overview of different tools used in Work Posture Assessment, with indications, brief description, advantages and disadvantages of each tool.

Topics covered:

  1. Video analysis
  2. Fishbone diagram
  3. Goniometer
  4. Motion capture systems
  5. Accelerometry
  6. Inertial measurement units
  7. Computerised tools: Task recording and analysis on computer (TRAC), Portable ergonomic observation (PEO), Hands relative to the body (HARBO)
  8. Observational tools:
  • Rapid upper-limb assessment (RULA)
  • Rapid entire body assessment (REBA)
  • Ovako working posture assessment system (OWAS)
  • Arbeitswissenschaftliches erhebungsverfahren zur tätigkeitsanalyse (AET)
  • Plan för identifiering av belastningsfaktorer (PLIBEL)
  • Quick exposure check (QEC)
  • Posture targeting
  • Posture, activity, tools and handling (PATH)
  • Washington State ergonomic checklist
  • Video- och datorbaserad arbetsanalys (VIDAR)
  • Postural loading on the upper-body assessment (LUBA)
  • Chung’s postural workload evaluation
  • OREGE (Outil de Repérage et d’Evaluation des Gestes)
  • SUVA (National Institute of the Swiss Accident Insurance)
  • Concise Upper Body Screening Instrument (CUBSI)
  • Novel Ergonomic Postural Assessment Method (NERPA)
  • Rapid Office Strain Assessment (ROSA)
  • EPM – TACO tool
  1. Recommendations regarding the selection of appropriate tool for different tasks.


About the Resource Person

Dr. Deepak Sharan has supplemented 25 years of International clinical experience in Orthopaedic Surgery with qualifications in Ergonomics, Occupational Health and Safety, Orthopaedic Engineering and Rehabilitation Technology. He has produced over 400 scientific publications or conference presentations.

He is an internationally recognised expert in Ergonomics and Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (also called Repetitive Strain Injuries or RSI), having developed his own assessment and treatment approach called the SHARAN’S Protocol. He leads a team of over 100 medical/rehabilitation professionals that has successfully treated over 450,000 clients with RSI from 40 countries including USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium and Norway since 2001. His prospective study on prevalence and risk factors for RSI in 35,000 Indian Computer Users is the largest study ever on RSI in the world. Dr. Sharan was the chairperson and presenter for several scientific sessions on Ergonomics and RSI at the World Ergonomics Congress (China 2009, Brazil 2012, Australia 2015), ODAM (South Africa 2011, Denmark 2014), HEPS (Spain 2011, Taiwan 2014), SEANES 2012 (Malaysia), Orthopaedic World Conference 2012 (Dubai), and PREMUS (France 2010, South Korea 2013, Canada 2016).

Described as a “cult figure in the world of RSI” by the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Sharan is the Medical Director of RECOUP, which has a hospital in Bangalore and 15 clinics across India. RECOUP provides Ergonomics and Occupational Health Consultancy to over 70 major companies, including Oracle, Mercedes Benz, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, Monsanto, SAP, Adobe, Yahoo, Schneider Electricals, CSR, NetApp, ABB and Honeywell, covering over 450,000 workers daily.

He is the Founder Director of EPM International Ergonomics School, Milan, Italy and the President of EPM Indian Ergonomics School. He is a certified trainer of EPM International School for Risk Mapping, Postural Risk using EPM TACO Tool, Biomechanical Overload using OCRA methods, Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation, and Push-Pull-Carry. He will be organising the 11th International Scientific Conference on the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (PREMUS) in September 2022 at Bangalore, India.


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