The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) has two entries vying for the Ergo Cup at the 13th Annual Applied Ergonomics Conference held March 22-25, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas.
In the Ergonomic Program Improvement Initiatives category, the DOE JGI’s entry is “Empowering Employees in Ergonomics,” which focuses on employee-driven elements of the DOE JGI program that help promote awareness of ergonomics and safety while encouraging employee involvement in both safety and ergonomics.
In the Workplace Solutions category, the DOE JGI’s entry “Flip Your Lid” focuses on employee-driven solutions to deal with a repetitive and risky task in new sequencing technologies: capping and decapping the lids of hundreds of two-milliliter tubes each day. Using an employee-designed lightweight tool, the solution developed in “Flip Your Lid” reduced the task’s Strain Index from a hazardous 7.3 to a safe score of 0.2.
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