Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin September 2019

September 11, 2019

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 11/09/2019. You can register here to receive them monthly.

ONLINE TRAINING

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As you already know, we provide a wide range of training and knowledge sharing, both in person and by webinar. However, there is also a growing demand for computer-based training and e-learning to meet the need for on-demand delivery, often to a geographically dispersed workforce. This requirement is bound to grow as agile working programmes bring fewer people into the office on a frequent basis. To meet this need, we partner with our friends at Cardinus Risk Management who offer a varied range of nearly 20 different topics, all managed centrally through the PACE integrated back office utility. The diverse topics range from Healthy Working (DSE) to Safe Driving, Fire Safety, Personal Safety Awareness, Corporate Travel Risk and many others. Contact us for further information.

CORECHAIR

We have been experimenting with this product for a few months before announcing it as part of our product range. Having seen it originally at Orgatec last October, I immediately recognised the function and the comfort but it is fair to say that it ‘looks a bit weird’! This means it will not be an instant choice in many office environments. However, we have tried it in the office for several weeks and it is unquestionably comfortable and well worth considering if you are not constrained by appearances. Find out more here.

ATTENTION PHYSIO FIRST MEMBERS (AND MAYBE OTHERS TOO)

If you are a physio and thinking about starting or increasing DSE assessment work, you may well be interested in the London seminar we shall be running at the Flokk showroom in October. This free event has been organised primarily for the London region of Physio First (the UK’s leading professional organisation for private physiotherapists) but we may have a small number of additional spaces available. You can open or download the content, venue and timing document here. To register, please complete the short form here.

EVOLUENT D MOUSE

The Evoluent range is now the most well-established and recognised portfolio of vertical mouse products in the world. It is many years since we looked at the first rather primitive samples and we have seen the brand grow to the point that the name (like Sellotape, Biro and Hoover in their sectors) has become a moniker for generic vertical mouse products. No mean achievement when most people are not sure how to pronounce it! Find out more about the Evoluent D here.

JEANS FOR GENES 2019

If you have a meeting with one of my colleagues this month, he or she may arrive to see you in jeans and a t-shirt. We are supporting the Jeans for Genes campaign to help fund-raising for research in this crucial area. We have even agreed that this is one occasion when Double Denim will be acceptable. We are not promising to carry it off as well as these celebrities but we think, if Kanye can do it, then so can we!


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin August 2019

August 14, 2019

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 14/08/2019. You can register here to receive them monthly.

HEALTHY PEOPLE – HEALTHY THINKING – HEALTHY WORKPLACE

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THE BIG SUSTAINABILITY EXPO

Just down the road in Southampton, we shall be exhibiting at this October event for the third consecutive year and [drum roll] we have been nominated for a sustainability award! More information about this in next month’s eBulletin. In the meantime, do put this in your diary and come and visit if you have any personal or professional interest in the environment. There is an interesting and informative seminar programme and a really diverse and fascinating mix of exhibitors from electric car suppliers to some of the best coffee you have ever tasted at an exhibition! You can find more information and free registration here.

NEXT ROADSHOW & DSE TRAINING

edinburgh_roadshowWe have now started planning for the autumn and have another Roadshow and DSE Training date in the calendar. This one is on the outskirts of Edinburgh in October. Having used city centre venues for recent events, we are going out of town this time but it is very accessible by car, train, tram – and bicycle (as we have been advised by one of our ergonomist friends!). Next to the A720 Edinburgh Bypass, close to the airport and less than 5 minutes’ walk from Edinburgh Park tram and railway stations, it is easy to access from outside Edinburgh as well as from the city centre. Click here for more about the FREE roadshow and the only double-certified DSE assessor training in the UK.

SCOTTISH HEALTH & WELLBEING AT WORK CONFERENCE

ScottishH&WI plan to be in Edinburgh a lot this autumn! In November, I shall be back again to speak at this all-day event at The Scotsman on North Bridge. Covering a wide spectrum of wellbeing issues, speakers will look at physical and mental health from a number of perspectives. I shall be speaking about issues to consider in an Agile Working environment and, appropriately in a city with a banking lineage dating back to 1695, financial wellbeing is also on the agenda.

MORE DSE TRAINING IN LONDON

dse_training_londonAfter a full house at our last event, we have scheduled the next London DSE Assessor training on September 13th. This is right in the West End, kindly hosted by iwoca at their office in Tottenham Court Road. Numbers are limited so please register here as soon as possible or contact Stuart Entwistle, our Training Manager, with any questions. We are always looking for training venues with great facilities in good locations (not just in London) so, if you are looking to train some of your own people and would be prepared to accommodate outside visitors, we are happy to talk about a deal! You can speak to Stuart about that too.

INVESTORS IN PEOPLE

investors_accreditedMany thanks to those who responded to our short survey about Investors in People. For those of you who didn’t, we asked how important an Investors in People accreditation was when considering a prospective supply partner. The results were: A lot-29%, A little-52%, Not at all-19%. The total response was quite low (despite running a link on all our company emails for several weeks as well) so, along with other discussions, we have concluded that we already have all the culture and processes embedded in the business so it is no longer worthwhile for us to have IiP just as a ‘badge of honour’ and will not be renewing. The draw winner (of a Red Letter Days £200 voucher) was Sarah Tapley of Tapley Ergonomics.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin March 2019

March 15, 2019

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 13/03/2019. You can register here to receive them monthly.

HAS WELLBEING ‘COME OF AGE’?

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As you will see from my observations below, we had some fascinating and wide-ranging conversations at the NEC this month. This started me thinking about Wellbeing as a topic, as a process and as a profession. When properly addressed, Wellbeing within an organisation must be managed holistically and, in most organisations, this will involve lots of interactions between different departments and disciplines. Will this finally be the catalyst to break down silo cultures? Or will most employers just tinker around the edges (Cycle to Work days and a bowl of fruit in Reception!)? Many Wellbeing appointees are being promoted from within an organisation so their specific historic experience will inform their approach but may limit their scope. What are your thoughts? I have opened a LinkedIn discussion if you would like to share views.

HEALTH & WELLBEING EXHIBITION 2019

H&W2019standThis was a great success for us. Before the event, I was a little concerned that the content-packed conference would leave delegates with little time for the exhibition. As it turned out, we were busier and met a more diverse group of people than at any previous event. As always, Occupational Health and Health & Safety professionals were well represented but there were also representatives from HR, Engagement, Procurement and Contracts. Obviously, Wellbeing also featured prominently! As a result, the enquiries varied from complete office fit-outs, through biophylia and acoustics conversations to the more traditional individual DSE questions.

PRODUCT SHOWCASE

product_showcaseOur next two mobile showroom events are confirmed. We have had to relocate the London event and, as a result, change the date so Bristol is next on Tuesday May 21st at the Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel. London will now be on Tuesday June 18th at the elegant Goodenough College. Both venues are conveniently located and provide an opportunity to see all the latest products alongside our most established best sellers. There is no charge and we shall also be offering a short series of free seminars. Follow the location links to find out more information and register so that we know who is coming.

THE FUTURE OF WORKPLACE

future_of_workplaceAs we explore thinking about Wellbeing, there are many concurrent discussions about the workplace, its purpose, its influence and its current and future development. During March, I am attending events including Workplace Evolutionaries, the Smart Work Network and the Workplace Trends Research Spring Summit. Collectively, these will provide me (I hope!) with insights from those who have ‘been there and done it’ alongside those carrying out workplace productivity and wellbeing research. I am particularly looking forward to the Workplace Trends debate “The workplace profession is now just pandering to fads and fancies, and the ‘workplace’ is now done: we’ve run out of meaningful things to say”! I suspect I shall be prompted to blog about some of this.

GOOGLE REVIEW

Customer review rating business concept, Woman hand using mobile phoneAs I am creating the links for this eBulletin, I have just encountered a useful ‘Google Tips’ video from our web designers and I thought I would put it to use immediately. If you have worked with us, met us at exhibitions, used our free resources, consulted our Customer Service team or interacted with us in any way and you can also spare a few minutes to describe that experience, please just follow this link to provide a Google review for us. Many thanks for sparing the time if you do. If you would like to know how to do this for your own business, take a look at this short video from Cat Gold at Intergage.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin June 2018

June 15, 2018

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 13/06/2018. You can register here to receive them monthly.

WHY DO WE WOW?

HP-HT-HW-header2018-06As the portfolio on our website grows, our unique ‘WoW Factor’ product review technique becomes ever more important to ensure the quality, design and sustainability of what we offer. For over 10 years, this practice has been a crucial part of our ISO9001 quality system and central to our operational DNA. It allows us to cherry-pick the best products from our supply partners and seek out new manufacturing partners with a story to tell. It is the reason we visit overseas exhibitions, conferences and factories for greater insight and early knowledge of trends and ideas (Sweden, USA, Netherlands and Germany this year). It is the reason manufacturers seek our views and many share design ideas before their public launch. It is the reason we always have an answer to the ‘Cheaper on eBay’ question and the fact we often do not sell the ‘Number 1 on Google’. For more information about the process, please read this short blog from 2015.

MOBILE WORKING & HANDHELD DEVICES

handheldWe have been revisiting the issues we face when using portable technology. Our Posture Guidance for Handheld Devices leaflet is due for an update and we plan to align this to a new seminar/webinar exploring ways of improving posture and reducing musculo-skeletal risks when using technology on the move. Our one hour Workstation Postural Awareness session already looks at posture and sitting in the office and it seems logical to use a similar format for the mobile/agile worker training. Is this something your organisation might be interested in? Let us know if you would be interested in piloting this.

TRAINING PROGRAMME

training_newWe have now relocated the booking and information page for all our face-to-face and webinar events from Eventbrite to our own web site. You can still access everything by typing ergonomics.events into your web browser or, if you prefer, find it under Training & Events through the Healthy Thinking menus on our web site. It currently includes one day DSE Assessor courses as well as the next three events in our national roadshow. As I write, they range geographically from Exeter to Glasgow. If the latter venue appeals, please note that we have changed the roadshow dates to avoid the previous clash with half term. To celebrate the new setup, we are offering 10% off all training courses with voucher code TRG349850 until the end of August.

LAPTOP STANDS FOR APPLE AND OTHERS

laptop_stands_desire2Apple was the first laptop manufacturer to design a screen that does not open a full 180 degrees. Inevitably, other manufacturers have followed their lead. This is not an issue if you use your laptop flat on a work surface but, for many taller users, the screen will not open far enough when using the majority of laptop stands (because they raise the whole computer at an angle). Not long ago, the answer would have been to use a telephone directory or two as a quick fix – but when did you last see a telephone directory? We now have two stylish new products to address this issue and avoid the screen angle problem. Take a look at the Supreme Plus and Supreme Dual Pivot Stands.

THE QEHS EXPO

QEHSexhibition4The Quality, Environment, Health & Safety Expo takes place on Tuesday June 26th at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry CV6 6AQ. At the time of writing, the agenda for this event has still not been published but I shall be speaking! My topic is a current favourite: ‘Sit-stand desks – separating truth from sales pitch’. We shall also be exhibiting on Stand K10. Please let us know if you are coming to visit. For details of this and all our current event plans, please take a look at our Conferences and Exhibitions page.

GDPR

gdpr3I promise not to keep running the General Data Protection Regulation as a topic in perpetuity (even if it seems like that!). This is simply to confirm that all our procedures, policies and documentation for compliance are now in place. You can find our Data Privacy Policy and Data Breach Policy here. For further general information, please contact the Customer Service team. For specific data protection enquiries such as ‘right to access’ or ‘right to be forgotten’ requests, please contact our Data Protection Officer. Finally, you may recall that we entered everyone who resubscribed to this newsletter in a draw. The winner of a brand new iPad was NK of London.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin May 2018

May 11, 2018

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 09/05/2018. You can register here to receive them monthly.

NEW WEBSITE

HP-HT-HW-header2018-05I am delighted to be able to say (finally!) that our new web site at ergonomics.co.uk is live. It is now much more representative of our various business activities and we hope you find it informative and easy to navigate. As well as enhancing the presentation of our products and services, we have been able to bring various other web sites under the single umbrella of our principal domain. This means that our Posture Guidance, Stretching Exercises, blogs and various other online resources can all be accessed from a single point.

MENTAL HEALTH ABSENCE & RETURN TO WORK

mental_health2Recognition of mental health issues and support for openness continue to grow. However, it is difficult to ensure effective management of  the return to work process after mental health absence. Few employers do it well. A team of researchers at Kingston University, Loughborough University and Affinity Health at Work have developed a toolkit to provide a clear Six Step guide for both employers and employees. The guide is free and available here.

NATIONAL ROADSHOW

roadshow_trainingWith three venues completed, we are now half way through our current roadshow plans. You can see some early feedback about the Products Showcase here and the training sessions here. Details of the remaining events at Leeds, Bristol and Glasgow can be found here. Visitors to the Roadshow have found it a particularly valuable opportunity to see and handle new products alongside ones they already know. The training provides practical assistance to anyone involved in the DSE assessment process.

DSE ASSESSOR TRAINING

Corporate Seminar Conference Team Collaboration ConceptWe are also starting to schedule more of our One Day DSE Assessor Courses. The first is in Bristol on Wednesday June 13, 2018, kindly hosted by Burges Salmon LLP. The venue is in central Bristol, only a few minutes’ walk from Temple Meads Station. This course is approved by the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors. Course details, times, costs and registration can be found here.

THE QEHS EXPO

CoventryEventWe are also participating in a new event in Coventry in June. The Quality, Environment, Health & Safety Expo includes a broad range of speakers alongside a substantial one day exhibition involving a series of co-located themes. It takes place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry CV6 6AQ. We shall be on Stand K10 and I hope to be delivering a short presentation but we are still awaiting confirmation from the organisers. Further information will follow in next month’s eBulletin.

NAME CHANGE FOR BIFM

bifmThe British Institute of Facilities Management has announced plans to change its name to the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management as part of its Manifesto for Change. This also includes plans to seek chartered body status in due course. The addition of Workplace to the name reflects a wider range of key functions and recognises ‘the joint responsibility of FM, IT and HR to achieving optimal performance between people, technology and workplace’. The final decision will be made at the Institute’s AGM on July 5, 2018.

NEW TECHNOLOGIES

new_technologiesAt both the CIEHF and ThinkFM Conferences, there was a lot about ways in which technology is continuing to change our lives at a rapid pace. Amongst other issues, the CIEHF event looked at the Human Factors issues of autonomous vehicles and it seems to me they would already work reliably if only we could remove the unreliable and unpredictable behaviour of traditional vehicle drivers! Meanwhile, FMs are looking at all sorts of opportunities arising from smart sensors and devices. Potentially one of the most cost-effective opportunities is Condition Based Maintenance whereby constant monitoring allows maintenance to take place when needed rather than on a time/use schedule.

GDPR

gdpr2The fact you have received this newsletter means you are a new subscriber or have taken the trouble to resubscribe. In either case, many thanks! On the broader topic of the General Data Protection Regulation, we are in the process of finalising our procedures, policies and documentation to ensure full compliance by May 25th, 2018. We have deliberately waited as long as practicable to ensure we accommodate all our client and supplier demands within a consistent structure. Once finalised, details will be available here.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin April 2018

April 13, 2018

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 11/04/2018. You can view older eBulletins here and register to receive them monthly.

BRAND EXTENSION

HP-HT-HW-header2018-04The new look to this, our 101st monthly eBulletin, celebrates our brand extension to reflect the broader plans for the growth of the business. This builds on our established reputation, celebrates some of our less well-known activities and gives more emphasis to the knowledge sharing that has always been central to our ethos. Our core DNA is unchanged and we shall always focus on the outcome, not the sale. We have used the original two colours of our (unchanged) logo to reflect the two product-based elements of the business. The ‘purple’ (Healthy People) business is what we are best known for, namely the specialist ergonomics products for individuals. Purple discussions usually arise from an individual workstation assessment. Our rapidly growing ‘blue’ (Healthy Workplace) business addresses project requirements where the outcome will still be key but we shall be using our existing knowledge and methodology to address more diverse objectives. Our new web site (see below) will include recent blue case studies, videos and endorsements. The ‘green’ (Healthy Thinking) strand links the other two with knowledge sharing, training and thought leadership. As you can see, in this new eBulletin format, each article below is flagged so that you can quickly identify the items applicable to your own professional experience and interests. We are also in the process of rebranding all our literature. You can see what this looks like here.

UPDATE – ERGONOMICS.CO.UK

web_site_2018Although we had planned for the website to be ready by now, we have identified some further improvements that will make the user experience even more pleasurable. This has therefore created a short delay to the launch. When it does go live, we shall be offering a broad selection of products from the ‘purple’ and ‘blue’ ranges (see explanation above) together with lots of ‘green’ knowledge sharing, including both chargeable and free resources. Navigation will be easier, shopping more intuitive and background information and support readily available.

TRAINING & PRODUCTS ROADSHOW

roadshow2By the time you read this, our national roadshow will have started. We now have six dates and locations around the country – Leicester, Southampton, London, Leeds, Bristol and Glasgow. The Product Showcase at each venue will show all our latest products alongside our established best sellers. This is free of charge whether or not you attend any of the training the next day. The two half-day training sessions provide an excellent insight into products and applications to address musculo-skeletal and posture issues. The workshop elements of the training will also provide hands-on opportunities with the Showcase products.

MORE APRIL EVENTS

april_@eventsIt is conference season again. Let me know if you want to catch up at Ergonomics & Human Factors 2018, the CIEHF conference in Birmingham, which I shall be attending as a delegate. We shall also be exhibiting at the Physio First Conference the same week! At this event, we shall be talking about our new half-day ‘So you want to be an assessor’ training, aimed specifically at physios and others considering DSE assessments as a livelihood. Bookings for the Physio First conference have now closed but you might still be able to register if you call or email and mention my name!

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK

cdw2018This year, CDW is on May 22-24. Several members of our team will be attending and I shall be there for all three days. At the time of writing, the CDW Diary has not yet been published but I have already booked into some events. My three top tips so far are Paige HodsmanOffice Acoustics for Agile Workspaces and Oliver Heath, Biophilic Design, both at Edge Design, and Gerard Taylor discussing his latest research and insights, entitled That’s not a Stick, it’s a Log, at Orangebox. Let me know if you want to meet up.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin March 2018

March 16, 2018

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 14/03/2018. You can view older eBulletins here and register to receive them monthly.


100 ISSUES: SAME TIME, SAME DAY FOR 100 MONTHS!

HeaderImage03-2018An enormous amount has happened in the world of workplace ergonomics since we published our first monthly eBulletin in December 2009. We thought this, our 100th newsletter, would be an ideal opportunity to reflect on some of the key products and events in the last 8+ years, and indeed for a little nostalgia further back in time. We finish with an Oldest Product competition. After this month’s reminiscences, next month’s eBulletin will be looking to the future with a new look, an overview of our new brand extension and some pointers for our new web site (due for completion at the beginning of April).


NATIONAL TRAINING & PRODUCT SHOWCASE TOUR

national_tourBefore the nostalgia, please take a peak into the future with details of our national roadshow, bringing our Product Showcase and new training opportunities to venues near you. Leicester, Southampton and London are already in the diary for April and May. Details of dates and locations in Bristol, Glasgow and Leeds will follow shortly. This unique format enables you to compare the latest products with best-sellers and/or update your knowledge about DSE-related processes and products. Download the Roadshow brochure here or check the diary (and book) at ergonomics.events.


LAPTOP STANDS – EVOLUTION

LaptopStands03-2018Do you remember the first laptop stands? They were bulky, acrylic, fragile and not really portable! Since that time, we have seen a variety of products  (such as FlexTop and ErgoQ) made of the aluminium laminate, Hylite®. As global volumes increase, a growing number are manufactured from injection-moulded plastic. No doubt 3D-printing will bring opportunities for more bespoke or intricate designs in the near future. We have also just finished assessing a new range of adjustable stands for use with Apple and other laptops where the screens do not open right back. More information soon (or contact us for a preview).


THE TAILOURED MOUSE

contour_mouse_rangeIt became clear early on that standard computer mice encouraged bad habits and postures. We were early resellers of the Contour range of mice which were originally available in three left-handed and four right-handed sizes. The XL model was more like a rat than a mouse! The majority of today’s ‘ergo’ mouse products evolved from those original designs. Contour then shifted its focus to the RollerMouse concept and we were the UK’s first retailer of the original model. As the RollerMouse went through various incarnations, little happened with the renamed Perfit mouse family until the recent announcement of the Unimouse. A left-handed model is on the way.


SIT-STAND DESKS

sit-stand-oldAlthough we have been selling these (and using them in our own offices) for nearly twenty years, they have only become ‘big news’ since 2014 when the ‘Sitting is the new smoking’ slogan first appeared. Since that time, I have been shouting about the misunderstandings and misrepresentation that comes from grabbing soundbite headlines without reading or understanding the underlying research. My last blog (rant!) on this topic was written just before the most recent research news suggesting standing is not the panacea some represent it to be. There’s a surprise! However, many are also applying the same sort of soundbite misunderstanding to these new headlines, making my blog (written before the research publication) even more apposite!


OUR FIRST PRODUCT

organiserWe recently encountered a client still using an example of this Organiser – our first ever product! It was a Mk II version so probably 17-18 years old. Can you match that? Or maybe you have something even older. We are looking for the oldest ergonomics product purchased from us and still in daily use. The oldest verified item we can find will win a £150 Red Letter Day voucher. Don’t worry about paperwork: we are not looking for a 20 year old invoice! Just tell us about the product and we can probably verify the details. To take part, send a product photo to me with details of when you think it was purchased.


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