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June 17, 2013
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IEHA Provides Ohio State University (OSU) Ergonomics Training for IEHA Members

WESTERVILLE, OH — IEHA www.ieha.org, the leading facility and housekeeping executives’ organization, has arranged ergonomics education and training provided by Ohio State University (OSU) for IEHA members.
 
“Given the often physical nature of facility services, educating IEHA leaders on good ergonomic practices is vital,” said Beth Risinger, CEO and Executive Director of IEHA.  “We are proud to provide this safety-enhancing authoritative ergonomics education from Ohio State University at a modest cost for our members nationwide.”
 
Dr. Gary Allread, Program Director of the Institute for Ergonomics http://ergonomics.osu.edu and his colleagues at The Ohio State University http://www.osu.edu, have developed ergonomics training specifically for housekeepers.  
 
Through a government grant, OSU trained more than 1,000 hotel and hospital housekeepers and their supervisors at sites throughout the U.S.  While the grant and free training have concluded,  OSU continues to make specialized training available cost-effectively for IEHA members.
 
Dr. Allread summarized comments from IEHA members based on a post-training survey:
 
•             “The ergonomics training gave us more ideas on how to move correctly and safely.”
Margaret Ferry, Director of Environmental Services, St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers, Beech Grove  IN  
•             “It would be a good practice to have this training annually.”
Thomas Ziarnik, CHA General Manager, DoubleTree by Hilton, Madison WI
•             “As a result of the training, housekeepers tend to switch up their routine and work together to lift heavy items.”
Roland Hamilton, Housekeeping Supervisor, Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville IN
 
For more information about IEHA Membership and the related Ohio State University (OSU) Ergonomics Training program, email Beth Risinger at brisinger@ieha.org.
 
About IEHA
IEHA is a 3,200-plus professional member organization for persons who direct cleaning, maintenance, housekeeping, groundskeeping, safety and/or indoor environmental programs in commercial, industrial or institutional facilities. The organization was founded in New York City in 1930, and is now located in Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of the State’s capitol, Columbus. IEHA provides its members with an array of professional development, educational, certification and career opportunities. For more information, visit www.ieha.org.
 
About Gary Allread
Dr. Allread is the Program Director of the Institute for Ergonomics (http://ergonomics.osu.edu) at The Ohio State University (http://www.osu.edu).  A Certified Professional Ergonomist, he works extensively with companies and organizations nationwide, to provide a variety of ergonomics support services.  This includes:  conducting ergonomics worksite assessments; giving general and customized ergonomics training; and developing and managing companies' ergonomics programs.  He also works closely with Ohio State's well-respected ergonomics faculty and staff to conduct quantitative research for those seeking more-detailed analyses of their products and work functions.  Dr. Allread also coordinates Ohio State's popular Ergonomics Short Course, offered bi-annually on OSU's main campus in Columbus.  Recently, he has also lent his expertise to those in the foundry, automotive assembly, hospitality, healthcare, and air transportation industries, to improve work practices and reduce injuries among employees.

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