International Conference on

Humanizing Work and Work Environment 2015

13th Indian Society of Ergonomics Annual Convention


International Symposium on

Community Nutrition And Health :
A Social Responsibility

9th Annual Event of the Nutrition Society of India Mumbai Chapter

Pre-Conference Workshops


Nirav Shah
Architect and Industrial Designer
Design Department
INTERIO Division of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., Mumbai

Dr. Reena Valecha
Occupational Therapist & Ergonomist
[Certified Group Fitness Exercise Professional by American Council of Exercise, Certified OSHA Compliant Healthcare Ergonomics Training, Member of Indian Society of Ergonomics]
Ergonomics and Workplace Research Cell
INTERIO Division of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., Mumbai

Abstract The workshop focusing on ‘Design for User Wellbeing’ at workplaces using “Ergonomic Thinking” in the context of changing user needs, technology tools and work environments in India.

Nirav Shah Nirav Shah plays a key role in the initiatives for user-centric design at Godrej Interio. As a team lead for New Product Design at Godrej Interio, he specializes in seating products with strong focus on designs that connect the product to needs of the user.
A qualified Architect and Industrial Designer, he passionately strives to enrich the user experience of the products developed using his skills on spatial & aesthetic design, production techniques, ergonomics and functionality.
He follows a well laid out collaborative design process for product development and drives the research process for every project through intense user activity mapping, benchmarking and function based anthropometric guidelines. He works on improvement of design by critical analysis of every product through Performance FEA, User-Test Prototypes helping in product validation in the development cycle.

Dr. Reena Valecha Dr. Reena Valecha has been a core part of Godrej Interio Ergonomic Cell & its consumer initiative activities under Wellness@Work Initiative.
She is an Occupational therapist & Ergonomist by profession with a strong background of clinical expertise in orthopedic domain. She is presently working as an Ergonomic Specialist on Preventive approach on Work related musculoskeletal problems, occupational health and office ergonomics.
She has interacted and worked closely with EHS professionals, medical team & facility managers in various organizations to identify the challenges faced by users in the modern workplace & find solutions for the same with the product designers.
She is been working extensively with healthcare givers and patients and has helped develop specifications for products that are uniquely poised for the Indian medical fraternity and patients.
She has been working closely with Indian Association of Occupational Health, giving insights into how workspaces are changing today, how work cultures are changing and its impact on health and productivity of employees.


Designing in an Inclusive way - Emergency Evacuation System

Charudatta Jadhav
Head of Accessibility CoE
Tata Consultancy Services

Abstract Today, huge buildings, skyscrapers and high-rises dominate the urban landscape. We live, work, study and entertain, without really thinking of situations that may lead to us getting trapped in these premises, either due to natural or manmade calamities. Fortunately, a lot of these premises are fitted with emergency evacuation infrastructure. Emergency evacuation drills also are integral to corporate safety. However, if we look at the infrastructure and processes from the perspective of Inclusive Design, we see significant gaps. For instance, auditory inputs like sirens are commonly used to announce emergency evacuation. How, then, should a hearing impaired person even know that an emergency is prevailing? During emergency, one is not supposed to use elevators. How, then, should a wheel chair bound person, or for that matter, your neighbor who sprained her leg yesterday, evacuate the premises quickly and independently?
This workshop will focus on ideating and designing an Emergency Evacuation procedure accessible across user groups. We will focus on impact of infrastructure, navigation and technology using the Inclusive Design concept. This will be a great opportunity for students, young researchers, designers and industry experts to familiarize themselves with the Inclusive Design approach of creating a universal solution for diverse user groups.

Charudatta Jadhav Recipient of National Award for Best Disabled Employee 2006 from President of India Hon. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
He is the Head of Accessibility Centre of Excellence group at Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai.
Charudatta Jadhav leads Accessibility and Inclusive Design at TCS. He has 26 years of extensive experience and performs different roles in areas like Strategic Planning, R&D and innovation management, IT Services Management, Delivery Assurance & Operations Management, Program Management, in multiple capacities. He has been a key Architect and Lead Consultant in establishing accessibility practice in TCS. He has filed 6 patents in accessibility domain, out of those 2 patents have been granted till now. He has been a member of several committees and executive boards of Non-profit organisations, Forums, government committees, educational institutes and industry bodies on advisory roles mainly in area of people with disabilities. Awards and Recognition Recipient of eleven awards for exceptional achievements in career and exemplary contribution in the field of IT, education, employment and sports for person with disability.
•  Received National Award for Best Disabled Employee of the year 2006 from President of India Hon. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
•  Received the “Godfrey Phillips” award in 2013 for exceptional career achievements and social contribution in field of IT education employment and sports for the blind
•  Nominated as ‘Amazing Indian’ 2012 award, by Times Now
•  Received National award “Super Idol” for the year 2010 given by IBN7 for exemplary contribution in area of sports for persons with disabilities
•  Felicitated by Chief Minister of Karnataka for outstanding contribution in field of IT, education and employment for person with Disability on 10th Jan 2011
Honor of "First" •  First Blind Chess Player of India to win Medal in the International Chess Tournament held at Ireland in October 1998
•  First Blind Chess Player of India to get the International rating in Commonwealth Chess Tournament held at Mumbai in January 2004
•  Produced world’s first DAISY chess book "My tribute to Bobby Fischer"
•  The Team member of First Himalayan Expedition for the Blind, successfully scaled Peak SHITIDHAR, height 17220 ft in 1992
Achievements in Sports As a Chess Promoter/Administrator
•  The First Vice President of International Braille Chess Association since 2008, first and only Asian to receive this honor
•  Organized 3 World Championships in India. 14th IBCA Chess Olympiad for the blind 2012, Chennai, 11th Individual World Chess Championship, Goa, and ‘Asian Chess Championship’ for the blind 2003, Mumbai
As a Chess Player
Represented India for World Chess Championships and Olympiads for the Blind in Six occasions (From 1998-2004).
•  Captain of Indian team in 12th and 13th Chess Olympiad for the blind 2004 and 2008
•  Organized more than 300 tournaments at domestic level, including 30+ national championships
National Chess Champion in 1991 and 1997 and was amongst the top 4 players in the tournament.
Passion in Social Responsibilities •  Involved in several Social Responsibilities, such as education, promotion of Chess for the blind in the world and promotion of the DAISY standards
•  Actively working for the employability for people with disability
Executive Board member of NGOs •  Nominated as a governing council member of National Institute of Inclusive & Universal Design by Ministry of Information & Technology and Ministry of Social Justice, Government of India
•  Chairman Technology committee (DAISY Forum Of India)
•  Founder and Managing Trustee of Techenvision
•  Founder and President of All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB)
•  Vice President of International Braille Chess Association (IBCA)


Ergonomic Exposure Assessment Methods for Manual Material Handling

Arun Garg, Ph.D.
Professor, Occupational Science & Technology Department,
Director of Center for Ergonomics,
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Abstract This workshop will introduce attendees to three commonly used ergonomic exposure assessment methods available for assessing manual material handling jobs in industry. These are: (i) Rating of Perceived Exertion, (ii) Maximum Acceptable Weights and Forces, and (iii) the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation. Dr. Garg will discuss the rationale and development criteria behind each of the three assessment methods, limitations, and their applications in the real world. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge about data collection and interpretation using these methods.

Arung Garg, Ph.D. Arun Garg is a Professor in Occupational Science & Technology Department and Director of Center for Ergonomics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist. He has over 150 publications. Professor Garg has developed several job analysis methods used worldwide. These include: The Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation, 3-D Static Strength Biomechanical Model, The Energy Expenditure Model, The Strain Index, and The Human Strength Prediction Model.
Dr. Garg has done extensive work in industry including manufacturing, warehousing, office, nursing homes, hospitals and home health care. His areas of expertise include ergonomics, biomechanics, work physiology, office ergonomics, and design of workplace and hand tools to reduce musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses. He has served as a consultant to many industries and government organizations.


Application of different tools used in Work posture assessment

Dr. Deepak Sharan
MBBS, MS Ortho, DNB Ortho, Dip Ortho, M Sc Orthopaedic Engineering (UK), Dip Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Technology (UK), Certificate in Ergonomics (Sweden), Consultant in Orthopaedics, Rehabilitation and Ergonomics
Medical Director
RECOUP Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation Centre

Abstract 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
9.  Recommendations regarding the selection of appropriate tool for different tasks.

Dr. Deepak Sharan He is a Consultant in Orthopaedics, Rehabilitation and Ergonomics, and the Medical Director of RECOUP Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation Centre, which has a hospital in Bangalore and 15 clinics across India. In addition, RECOUP has over 50 on-site Ergonomics and Occupational Health clinics across India on the premises of Oracle, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, Wipro, Monsanto, SAP, Adobe, Yahoo, Schneider Electricals, CSR, NetApp, ABB and Honeywell, covering over 400,000 workers daily. He is the Founder Director of EPM International Ergonomics School, Milan, Italy and the President of EPM Indian Ergonomics School, that is the only authorised school in the English Speaking world to provide certified training on Risk Mapping, Biomechanical Overload using OCRA and RNLE, and Postural Risk using EPM TACO Tool.
Dr. Sharan has over 25 years of International clinical experience in UK, USA and India and has produced over 400 scientific publications or conference presentations on Ergonomics and Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI). Dr. Sharan is on the editorial panel of major International sub-speciality journals on Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders. Dr. Sharan, described as a "cult figure in the world of RSI" by the Wall Street Journal, has developed his own treatment approach called the SHARAN'S Protocol (Skilled Hands-on Approach for Release of myofascia, Articular, Neural and Soft tissue mobilisation) and the DEEPAK SHARAN’S Musculoskeletal Disorder Severity Scale, which have been validated and published in top indexed International journals. He leads a team of over 150 medical, ergonomics and rehabilitation professionals that has successfully treated over 300,000 clients with RSI from 40 countries since 2001. His prospective study on prevalence and risk factors for RSI in 35,000 Indian Computer Users is the largest study on RSI in the world.
He presented over 100 scientific papers on ergonomics and RSI at top International conferences in 2013-15, including world-record 26 papers and workshops at the 19th World Ergonomics Congress at Melbourne, Australia in August 2015, 17 papers at 11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management (ODAM) at Copenhagen, Denmark in 2014 and 25 papers and workshops at 8th International Conference on Prevention of Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (PREMUS) at Busan, South Korea in 2013.
Dr. Sharan was the winner of Basic Science Orthopaedic Research Grant (2014-15) by the Indian Orthopaedic Association for the research project titled "Prevalence, Risk factors and Clinical Features of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders among Orthopaedic Surgeons in India." This is one of the most prestigious research awards in Orthopaedics in India. He was also the winner of the 2015 International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) award for Pain Education for the project: “Course on understanding pain for individuals with chronic pain.” Dr. Sharan was the winner of the 2012 Henri Bensahel Award (the world's highest award for research in Paediatric Orthopaedics, awarded by SICOT (The International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology). Dr. Sharan was bestowed with the National Disability Award for the year 2008 by the Govt. of India for developing a path breaking surgical procedure for Cerebral Palsy called SEMLARASS.


Product Design & Innovation

Madan Kulkarni

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