Humanscale Expands Design Smart Seminar Series

New and Returning Sessions Slated for 2009


Karen Brooking


NEW YORK, January 7, 2009 — Humanscale is continuing its popular Design Smart Seminars with new and returning sessions in January and beyond. The successful series of educational events was launched in 2008 to update the company’s customers and members of the A&D community on relevant and enlightening design-related topics. Humanscale kicks off 2009 with a pair of seminars by Professor Alan Hedge.

Director of the Human Factors and Ergonomics program at Cornell University, Professor Hedge is an extensively published, internationally recognized expert in ergonomics. He’s made numerous ergonomics-related television appearances on shows including the Today Show, Weekend Today, the Early Show and NOVA, and has been featured in Time, Business Week, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
New to Humanscale’s Design Smart slate of events is “Ergonomics & Healthcare: Boost Patient Care through Caregiver Comfort,” scheduled for Indianapolis, IN (January 14), Fort Lauderdale, FL (January 20), Orlando, FL (January 21), Raleigh, NC (January 27) and Charlotte, NC (January 28). In this session, Professor Hedge explores the link between caregiver comfort and improved patient care. Specifically addressing ergonomics issues as they relate to healthcare IT—including their effects on healthcare personnel and the patient experience—Professor Hedge offers solutions to the unique ergo challenges of IT-intensive work in the areas of digital radiology, nursing stations, computers on wheels (COWs), patient accounts, and medical records.
Professor Hedge’s newly updated “Office Ergonomics” presentation is scheduled for Cincinnati on January 15. In addition to the exploration of ergonomics in the modern office and related economic advantages, this session will touch on the emerging connection between green design and ergonomics, including the achievement of a valuable LEED credit with a comprehensive ergonomics program.
“Office Ergonomics” attendees are eligible for AIA and IDCEC (IIDA, ASID, IDC, IDEC) credits. Accreditation is pending for “Ergonomics & Healthcare;” attendees will be permitted to apply credits retroactively.
A third session by Professor Hedge, “The Adaptable Workplace: Ergonomic Design & Productivity,” gets underway in February. Additional Design Smart Seminars on tap for 2009 include topics on building green, design and human behavior research, and pro bono design, and will be presented throughout the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom.
For more information about Humanscale, Design Smart Seminars, and the company’s full range of ergonomic solutions, visit or call 800-400-0625.


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