04/17/2024: Occupational Ergonomic Research in Pacific Northwest

Occupational Ergonomic Research in Pacific Northwest

About the webinar:

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) account for 30 - 45% of all occupational injuries in the United States. Workforce demographics are rapidly changing, creating substantial challenges in occupational safety and health and requiring innovative strategies to reduce WMSDs. This presentation will explore the significance of occupational and ergonomics biomechanics research, important challenges we are facing, and the current research programs at Oregon State University’s Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics Lab designed to fill these gaps.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the significance and burden of musculoskeletal disorders

  • Define and identify the objectives of occupational ergonomics and biomechanics research

  • Discuss emerging ergonomic challenges in various industries across the U.S.

  • Identify potential intervention measures that can reduce risks for work-related injuries

Speaker: Jay Kim, PhD

Dr. Kim is an Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at Oregon State University. He received his MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and PhD in Ergonomics and Biomechanics from the University of Washington. His major research interests are occupational ergonomics and biomechanics. He is particularly interested in developing and evaluating evidence-based interventions to reduce physical exposures to reduce occupational injuries and illness and therefore improve workers' health and well-being.


The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 Contact Hour. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Certificates of Completion

Certificates of Completion will be available to webinar participants who are present for the complete, live webinar, and logged in with their registered email address. Call-in attendees are not eligible for certificates at this time - Please download the Zoom app to log in via email on your smartphone whenever possible.

In order to receive your Certificate of Completion, qualified learners must complete the post-webinar evaluation within 7 days of the webinar. A link to the evaluation will be emailed to qualified learners 24 hours after the webinar via no-reply@zoom.us. Qualified learners who submit their evaluation will receive a Certificate of Completion via email, and can also print/save the certificate from their browser after submitting their evaluation.

If you're not able to attend the live presentation, no problem! We record most presentations and will host them on our website provided we have permission to do so. Presentation recordings are not eligible for Certificates of Completion.


If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact Michelle Meyer at (510) 642-8365 or mmeyer@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.

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The Continuing Education and Outreach Programs offered by the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) provide workplace safety and health training, serving the training needs of occupational safety and health professionals, workers and employers in the Pacific Northwest since 1977. We provide our students with the skills and competence in occupational safety and health standards and policies, emerging health and safety issues and best practices to prevent or reduce workplace injuries and illnesses.