The 9th Biennial Conference of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health (CARWH), was successfully held on October 16-18, 2016 at the Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre in the heart of downtown Toronto, Ontario. The Ergo-lab director and newly-elected CARWH president, Dr. Catherine Trask, collaborated with Dr. Victoria Arrandale to serve as Scientific Committee Co-chairs and manage the Scientific Program.
Ergonomics Laboratory Trainees actively participated in CARWH 2016!
(1) Co-chairing several parallel Sessions:
Machinery operation at work: whole body vibration and beyond (co-chair: Marcus Yung)
Pot-pourri: Injury surveillance and epidemiology (co-chair: Adriana Angarita Fonseca)
Aging1: Older workers and musculoskeletal health (co-chair: Xiaoke Zeng)
(2) Presenting a range of ergonomics research projects:
Yung, M., Stobart, J., Lang, A., Kociolek, A.M., Milosavljevic, S., & Trask, C. (2016). Combined effects of whole body vibration and physically or mentally demanding tasks: Exploring potential for work schedule planning
Zeng, X., Kociolek, A.M., Khan, M.I., Milosavljevic, S., Bath, B., Trask, C. (2016) Predicting whole body vibration exposure in Canadian Prairie farmers
Zeng, X., Kociolek, A.M., Khan, M.I., Milosavljevic, S., Bath, B., Trask, C. (2016) Whole-body vibration exposure in machinery use of Canadian Prairie farmers
Angarita-Fonseca, A., Gonzalez-Bonilla, M.P., Silva-Guerra, E.V., Suarez-Hernandez, R.M., Jacome-Hortua, A.M. (2016) Risk factors associated with self-reported neck pain among office workers in a private university of Colombia: a cross-sectional study.
Adebayo, O., Kociolek, A., Bath, B., Trask, C. (2016) Comparison of biomechanical upper limb exposures for musculoskeletal disorders in swine barns using needle-less and conventional injection techniques
Khan, M. I., Kociolek, A.M., Zeng, X., Bath, B., Trask, C. (2016) Patterns of trunk posture among Saskatchewan farm workers.
Asante, B., Bath, B., Trask, C. (2016) Preliminary Ergonomics Assessment of Posture among Waste Collection Workers in Saskatchewan.
Congratulations to Xiaoke Zeng on the National Award!
As one of three top students, Xiaoke presented her research to the whole conference audience during a morning plenary sessions. The study, titled "Predicting whole body vibration exposure in Canadian Prairie farmers" was conducted in conjunction with Ergonomics Lab collaborators Aaron Kociolek, Muhammad Khan, Stephen Milosavljevic, Brenna Bath, and Xiaoke's supervisor Catherine Trask. Xiaoke defended her thesis in July and now works in the Ergonomics lab on various projects as a research assistant.