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.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin February 2018

February 19, 2018

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 14/02/2018. You can view older eBulletins here and register to receive them monthly.

HEALTH & WELLBEING 2018

HeaderImage02-2018We shall be exhibiting again at the NEC in March. We have changed location this year since we found our position by the entrance was easy to locate but too much of a thoroughfare. Find us at our new location on Stand 75. As well as key new products, we shall be discussing our latest IIRSM-approved training offers and free regional roadshows. We shall also have our new brand extension to discuss and how that fits with our plans for the future.

REGIONAL TRAINING & PRODUCT SHOWCASE ROADSHOW

roadshow_mapThe first three dates and locations – Leicester, Southampton and London (Barbican) – are now in the diary. More will follow in due course. All venues are close to train/motorway connections. On the first day at each venue, we shall be offering a free Product Showcase. This will give visitors the opportunity to handle and compare the latest innovations alongside established best-sellers. To accommodate as many people as possible in each region, the Showcase will be available from 2pm until 8pm. On the second day in each region, we shall provide two half day training sessions. The training will include practical workshop sessions. Discounts are also available for members of various professional bodies. Full details at ergonomics.events.

SIT-STAND DESKS – TRUTH OR SALES PITCH?

sit-standMany of you will know that I am both an advocate of sit-stand desks (with proper training) and a critic of some of the publicity surrounding them. Our friends at Cardinus asked me to write an article about this for the Winter/Spring edition of their Connect magazine. This gave me the opportunity to explore the history of the current interest in sit-stand and suggest ways employers can help to improve wellbeing with or without them. The article is now available as a blog.

WEB REDESIGN & OUR BRAND

rebrand250pxThe design of our new website will be central to our future marketing. The development has been a long and demanding process because it has included a strategic review of the current business and our future direction. As a result, we shall be announcing a further extension of our brand over the coming weeks. This is an exciting development for us, encapsulating what we have always done, focussing what we have already started to do and creating a platform for what we plan to do. If you are not attending Health & Wellbeing, expect full details in the next eBulletin – our 100th issue!

RESUBSCRIBE

subscribe250pxI expect, like me, you are tired of hearing about GDPR. My apologies for raising it yet again but we still have lots of people who have not resubscribed. I know we shall lose some recipients but I hope you will not be one of them! It will only take a couple of minutes to register here and, as an extra inducement, we shall be holding a prize draw for all registrants on April 30th with a 128Gb iPad 9.7 as the prize. There will also be a monthly prize of a Contour Unimouse. (Last month’s Unimouse winner was SP of North London). Don’t worry if you have already resubscribed: you will still be in the draws! The reregistration submission will send you a confirmation email to complete the process. Please check your spam/junk directories if you do not receive it.


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin January 2018

January 12, 2018

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 10/01/2018. You can view older eBulletins  here and register to receive them monthly.

HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING

HeaderImage01-2018As you can see below, we are launching a handful of new services for 2018 and there is plenty more to come. Our long-awaited web site redesign really has been (and continues to be) a monumental task and will finally be launched in the second quarter of the year. It will be much more than a simple shopfront and has involved a lot of strategic thinking about what we shall need to represent the business effectively in the foreseeable future. There will also be some slight branding changes to coincide. Exciting! More soon.

REGIONAL TRAINING

regional_trainingThis year’s regional training tour is now taking shape rapidly. The programme, featuring IIRSM-approved courses, will begin in Southampton in March, followed by London and Leicester. Further venues around the country will be scheduled to follow on promptly from the first three. For this tour, we shall be offering two half day sessions from the portfolio: Options when Considering Reasonable Adjustments and Workstation Postures & Seating. Either course may be booked individually and, for those attending both sessions on the same day, lunch will be included free of charge. Costs will vary slightly depending on the venue. To ensure you are advised as soon as dates and pricing are confirmed, register here (without obligation).

PRODUCT ROAD SHOWS

roadshowTo coincide with the training tour, we shall also be offering product roadshows at each of the venues on the previous day. This will enable you to compare all the latest products side-by-side and benchmark them against established best sellers and your existing personal favourites. These free events will run during the afternoon and into the evening to suit self-employed consultants who prefer to visit outside office hours. To express interest in these free roadshows, register here.

WE NEED END-USER REVIEWERS

reviewersAnother new service to be introduced this year is our programme of end-user product reviews. Participants will be sent a new product for assessment over a four week period. They will then be asked to complete a short online survey. On completion of the questionnaire, they will be invited to keep the product if they like it. Since all products will have already been through our internal WoW-Factor assessment process, this represents an opportunity to get one of the best new products for free in exchange for a few minutes of your time. Click here to volunteer! The first three products for this new process are UltraboardUnimouse and G-Hold.

STILL NOT RESUBSCRIBED?

resubscribe_3Despite my previous entreaties in this newsletter, many recipients have still not reregistered to continue receiving it. We have to ask this to comply with the imminent new data protection regulations. I know we shall lose many subscribers but I am hoping to retain a few more! I really do appreciate your continued interest. It will only take a couple of minutes and, as an extra inducement, we shall be holding a prize draw for all registrants on April 30th with a 128Gb iPad 9.7 as the prize. There will also be a monthly prize of a Contour Unimouse between January and March. Don’t worry if you have already resubscribed: you will still be in the draws!


Osmond Ergonomics eBulletin December 2017

December 15, 2017

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 13/12/2017. You can view older eBulletins here and register to receive them monthly.

SEASON’S GREETINGS TO ALL OUR READERS!

HeaderImage12-2017This edition commences our 9th year of monthly newsletters so it is time to send seasonal best wishes to all our readers and express our thanks for your continued support. It is a delight to have so many readers who have been with us for a long time and many more who are more recent subscribers. We know that hardly anybody reads every item of every issue and it is our intention that you should just pick out the items that interest you. We are extraordinarily grateful for the interaction and feedback we receive as well as any suggestions for topics or improvements in the future. If you have not yet resubscribed to join the new database, you can do so here.

G-HOLD TABLET GRIP

g-hold_gripAs you probably know, we have been concerned for some time about  pain and discomfort issues arising from smartphone and tablet use. I found G-Hold at ErgoExpo in Las Vegas in August but it is actually a British product! It provides a simple, highly effective way to hold any tablet comfortably with minimum effort. There is even a version for the Microsoft Surface Pro. You can find more information here. (Watch out for our great promotion in January!).

2018 PRICE RISES

prices_risingSince the Brexit referendum, the pound has crumbled against both the Euro and the Dollar. This and raw material price rises have impacted the manufacturing industry and we are seeing significant increases planned for 2018. After several years of 0 – 3% increases, a 5% rise appears to be about average for next year, with some products rising as much as 8%! If you have any projects or purchases planned in the next few months, please contact us before the year end so that we can log your interest and ring-fence your costs.

IIRSM APPROVED TRAINING

iirsmOur first IIRSM Approved Training Course in 2018 will be Do you want to be an assessor? at our own offices in Ferndown on Friday January 12th. This half day course addresses all the key questions for someone who is considering involvement in the DSE assessment field – or who has already done a couple of assessments and wants to learn more. The good news is that the course is completely free! The bad news is we only have a couple of places left so place allocation will be strictly first come, first served. To find out more, contact our Training Manager.

CHRISTMAS CHARITY

hopeforfoodlogoLike many companies, we make a donation each year instead of sending Christmas cards. We always focus on local charities to ensure that any contribution benefits our own Dorset community. This year, our mobile phone contract is being renewed in December so we are also contributing additional funds from the sale of mobiles that are being replaced. Our charity choice this year is Hope for Food, a Bournemouth charity run entirely by volunteers, who provide hot meals for the homeless and disadvantaged.


eBulletin – Osmond Ergonomics November 2017

November 10, 2017

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 08/11/2017. You can view older eBulletins here and register to receive them monthly.

CREATING RESILIENCE

HeaderImage11-2017Mental health is a major issue for many of our clients and we have been exploring ways to deliver meaningful, valuable training to meet those needs. I am therefore very pleased to announce that our first Wellbeing in the Workplace Masterclass is now ready for delivery. It has been developed in collaboration with The Colour Works with whom we have been working internally for nearly twenty years. Using the Insights Discovery model, the half-day course incorporates an innovative approach to the key issues and supplies the tools and motivation to trigger immediate action. If you would like to know more about how we can deliver this programme within your organisation, please contact me.

ACCURATUS CURVE MINI KEYBOARD

accuratus_curveSince the withdrawal of the Microsoft Arc, we have been searching extensively for a quality wireless (R/F) mini keyboard. The choice of Bluetooth products continues to grow but there seems to be much less manufacturer commitment to the ‘dongle wireless’ format in a small footprint prodcut. The good news is that we have finally found a keyboard that we are very happy to promote. It uses scissor-action keys for excellent tactile feedback and scored very well in our WoW Factor review process. You can find it on our web site here.

LAST CHANCE TO RE-REGISTER

resubscribeWith this issue (No. 96), we have completed 8 years of uninterrupted monthly newsletters so I am very keen to carry on! As I have mentioned previously, we are asking all recipients to resubscribe to ensure we comply with the new GDPR regulations in 2018. This is my third and final request for you to subscribe to our new database before we close the old one. To maintain uninterrupted delivery, if you have not already done so, please take a couple of minutes to register for the new database here. The reregistration submission will send you a confirmation email to complete the process. Please check your spam/junk directories if you do not receive it. Many thanks for your continued interest and support.

A+A, DUSSELDORF

aplusaLooking back over this year, I have reported from ErgoExpo in Las Vegas, Preventica in Paris and the Furniture & Light Fair in Stockholm, as well as the Physio First and CIEHF conferences and Health & Wellbeing exhibition in the UK. Unfortunately, there is really nothing new to talk about from Dusseldorf! There may have been revolutionary new designs in protective footwear or reflective tabards but these were not areas of interest for me and the office ergonomics displays were uninspiring. Whilst there were several attractive stands and I had time to catch up with a few ‘ergo friends’, there was nothing new on the product front. I did, however, find a brilliant promotional gift for our 2018 events (more info soon)!

REGIONAL TRAINING

training_workshop_250pxWe are still formulating our programme which will now start in the New Year in order to allow enough time for advance advertising and promotion. The plan is to offer half day sessions accompanied by a product showcase at the same venue. The showcase will be available in the afternoon on the same day and will give visitors a hands-on opportunity with a wide variety of products. At the moment, London, Southampton and Bristol are the first definite locations. We are still waiting for further feedback before adding other venues. If you have not already expressed interest (this is not a commitment), please take a couple of minutes to do so here.


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