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Mayo Moran's review of the AODA

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65% of companies in Ontario are NOT compliant with the basic CSS Phase 1 of the AODA Act. This means PwD + aging populations in Canada cannot access the workplace fully, cannot access retail and restaurants or vacation spots in which to spend their money. The marketplace worldwide for PwD is the same size as China. Ontario businesses need to wake up to realize that designing products, software, hardware, services, built environments which take into account PwD plus their families will bring about huge growth in the Ontario economy & business success. Never mind the use of compliance - wake up and act like businesses looking for new markets who have money to spend.  JESleeth & The Accessibility team at OPC Inc. Learn more by attending our April 8th Breakfast event at the Steelcase education centre, King St Toronto ON. AODA @optimalperformance.ca 

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Turnstone Research Reveals Desire to Work in Lounge Postures

Turnstone Research Reveals Desire to Work in Lounge Postures | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
Turnstone ®, a Steelcase brand, today introduces additions to its Campfire ® collection, designed in response to the company’s latest research on alternative postures in the workplace.

Via Color-Art
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Lounge postures also can mean slouched postures and no armrest support to prevent static loads at the shoulder/neck complex. These postures can work for short periods of time followed by more supported postures such as when using the LEAP or Gesture chairs. The real solution lies with dynamic movement created by the employee coupled with a variety of seating in varied areas of the office to promote these dynamic changes in posture.  OPC Inc.

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Optimal Performance Consultants Blog › Log In

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Still wondering if the AODA in Ontario or the ADA in the US or DDA in UK & Australian are worthwhile? Just ask the Media Co who ran this very expensive ad during the Academy Awards. People with Disabilities (PwD) represent 1.3 billion people worldwide. PwD are an emerging market the size of China (R Donovan report) & control 8 trillion dollars in annual disposal income.  OPC Inc is about compliance + best practice in accessibility. Learn more at Optimalperformanceblog.com or call us 888 768-2106.

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Even with regular exercise, excessive sitting linked to disease, premature death - OHS Canada Magazine

Even with regular exercise, excessive sitting linked to disease, premature death - OHS Canada Magazine | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
Sitting on one's butt for a major part of the day may be deadly in the long run -- even with a regimen of daily exercise, researchers say.
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Great review of the literature by top researchers regarding sitting at work & negative health outcomes. What we are missing here are the equally important studies about risks associated with static standing at work. At OPC Inc we advise our clients to assess the specific job demands of each employee/group of employees & devise the correct solution in these cases. At the end of the day it is dynamic movement such as shifting your weight while standing, walking during lunch & use of regular micro-breaks which will have a greater impact on employee health than any seeming panacea.
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Optimal Performance Consultants Blog

Optimal Performance Consultants Blog | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
News in Ergonomics, Accessibility and Disability (among other things...)
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So you think Sit to Stand workstations are the panacea for sore backs & other musculoskeletal complaints in the office? Think again by using objective evidence not published by a furniture company; read Cornell University's Ergonomic research as to how standing leads to greater fatigue, ischaemic heart disease worsening, increased progression of carotid atherosclerosis, varicose veins. When people stand their fine motor skills diminish; remember moving the mouse is a fine motor skill.  So what do you do about your employee's health & productivity? Read our Blogs, join us at our many conferences and seminars or contact us to learn how REAL ergonomics makes tangible improvements to employee work rates, error rates and health 416 860-0002 or info@optimalperformance.ca

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Home | WBE Canada, Certified Women Business Enterprises

Home | WBE Canada, Certified Women Business Enterprises | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
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OPC Inc has been a member of WBE Canada for over 4 years now - we are a diverse owned ergonomic consulting firm with operations across Canada and into the US.

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How to design workspaces that support employee mental health - The Business Journals

How to design workspaces that support employee mental health - The Business Journals | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
While companies invest in many strategies to support the physical health of employees, from flu vaccinations to filtered air systems, ignoring employees’ mental health means businesses risk losing any gains they make in physical health support. Depression, stress, substance abuse, financial distress, work-life balance, ADHD, and, yes, even workplace bullying are all issues with which workers are dealing and that have a large drain on productivity.
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The idea of having meeting spaces which can be booked so an employee or team can quietly work together is great in theory & on ID & Architects Autocad drawings. OPC's research in follow  up surveys & anonymous questionnaires finds 1. there is a lack of meeting space to actually book regularly 2. the ability to book meeting rooms spontaneously is limited by technology & availability.  The current designs of offices which continue to occur on the part of ID and Architects in the absence of human factors data (ergonomics) will cause these designs & implementation to fail the employees; the most important & expensive asset in all workplaces.  JESleeth  & the Ergonomic team at Optimal Performance

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Got a meeting? Take a walk

Got a meeting? Take a walk | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
Nilofer Merchant suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a "walking meeting" -- and let ideas flow while you walk and talk.
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For over 24 years all of the Consultants at OPC have been writing in their reports "we recommend employee A stand to take short meetings, walk during lunch & encourage impromtu meetings to occur in standing". Here is yet another reason why this is important physically and mentally. OPC Inc 

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Employees Should Be Comfortable In The Office

Employees Should Be Comfortable In The Office | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
Exhaustion can affect anyone in the office, and the right furniture should help your business manage it. (Exhaustion can affect anyone, but the right furniture should help your business manage it.

Via Color-Art
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Prevention of fatigue, enhanced mental and physical focus all come about not just from furniture in and of itself - this occurs with a comprehensive and integrated approach with the team; the team refers to IT, Software designers, Interior Designers, Architects, Managers, FM, HR and employee representatives along with ergonomic design experts. That is how we develop human centred designs for comfort, error prevention and productivity enhancements.  OPC Inc

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Saving Introverts From the Soul-Destroying Open-Plan Office

Saving Introverts From the Soul-Destroying Open-Plan Office | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
Steelcase’s new Quiet Spaces are an antidote to the open plan

Via Color-Art
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Great to see this innovation thru Steelcase who tend to have excellent research in the area of human factors and ergonomic design.  We need Introverts in our work environments as they offer a different style of thinking & problem solving than others on their work teams. As always we need to ensure cognitive and mental demands are considered when designing and renovating offices.  JESleeth

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Steve Bavister's curator insight, July 19, 2014 7:51 AM

Many introverts struggle in open plan offices 

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Ergonomics: The Health Intervention Your Business Needs

Ergonomics: The Health Intervention Your Business Needs | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
More organizations focus on ergonomics to improve staff health, efficiency and the bottom line.
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Ergonomics is about the design of your offices; open design? Mental demands at work; physical demands; health levels of employees; how information is presented to employees on their computers or hand held devices etc.  We need to stop thinking ergonomics is "about the chair" or "stretching so you don't get a sore back". It is about the entire HUMAN FACTOR and how we design for humans to ensure they are productive and minimize errors and time to work etc.  Contact optimalperformance.ca to learn more.

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Are mammograms easily accessible to women with disabilities? - Billings Gazette

Are mammograms easily accessible to women with disabilities? - Billings Gazette | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
Are mammograms easily accessible to women with disabilities?
Billings Gazette
Everything is, what I call, mobility accessible.” Bach, who relies on a wheelchair, serves as a disability adviser for the Montana Cancer Control Coalition.
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As long as Designers of all types - Urban Planners, Transportation, Interior Design, Architects, Product Designers and Industrial Designers - do not use Human Factors Specialists in their designs, the human factor will be left out of the equation. Result? Human Error, Accidents, traffic jams, wasted time with trial and error, injuries.  FORM must be equal to FUNCTION in all designs.  OPC Inc since 1991

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"We Have Designed Cities To Make People Ill"

"We Have Designed Cities To Make People Ill" | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
At the AIA convention in Chicago, professor Thomas Fisher entreats architects to "take responsibility" for designing healthier spaces.
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In addition to the health of the users of design and architecture we need to consider how poor design can "Dis Able" otherwise able bodied, sensed and minded people. This in turn can negatively impact health and the safety of the building, space, design users.  It is time for ID's and Architects to sit with Human Factors/Ergonomic experts who provide all of the human centred design research from the mind to the body to the senses. Then and only then will Designers ensure designs look great and function well.  JESleeth Principal Optimal Performance Consultants Canada

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Cultivating wellbeing in the built environment

Cultivating wellbeing in the built environment | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
Organizations are finding ways employees can escape to work, rather than from work. Their initiatives aim to connect wellbeing to the built environment.
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Great article which outlines how much ergonomics and human factors design is very much part of Wellbeing in the workplace which Steelcase espouses.  The best was to summarize the article is "The built environment is an “asset to maximize human potential.”. If you want to learn more about this topic and how it applies to your workplace sign up for the 3rd Seminar by Steelcase's Kathy Smythe & Optimal Performance's Jane Sleeth March 26th am, breakfast will be served. Sign up on Info@optimalperformance.ca or 888 768-2106 & ask for Carla. 

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4 Ways Your Standing Desk Is Doing More Harm Than Good

4 Ways Your Standing Desk Is Doing More Harm Than Good | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
So the 28-year-old founder of Crew, a startup that pairs clients with Web designers, built his own standing desk from Ikea, laid a yoga mat on the floor -- and stood. Needless to say, Cho doesn't use a standing desk anymore.

Via Color-Art
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Finally our voice is being heard about the use of the Sit to Stand desks as the panacea for all that ails you in the workplace! Our team at OPC has been studying the impact of static standing for over 24 years. From this we know sit to stand desks are NOT the solution in most cases (there are bona fide reasons for when an employee should alter postures via a desk at least every 30 minutes). So what is the solution? A careful review by a qualified ergonomist to determine the job demands of the individual, a review of bona fide medical issues at hand and a bona fide reason why moving around the work area on a dynamic basis cannot occur. Read more optimalperformanceblog.com

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TLOMA - TLOMA February 2015

TLOMA - TLOMA February 2015 | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
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Article by Jane Sleeth of OPC Inc re what is next for compliance with the IASR as part of the AODA in Ontario for ALL businesses, property managers and owners, FM professionals, hotels, restaurants too. AODA@optimalperformance.ca

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Office space: What does the ideal workplace look like? - The Globe and Mail

Office space: What does the ideal workplace look like? - The Globe and Mail | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
Cubicles are isolating and soul-sucking. Open offices are noisy and distracting. Alex Bozikovic reports on a trend that both extroverts and introverts can get behind

Via CBRE GWS
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What is the ideal office? We rarely see the ideal office in large measure because architects and interior designers don't use human factors and ergonomic knowledge when planning offices and determining furniture standards. Unless and until ergonomists are involved directly in the planning, "blueprint" and standards development phases, the ideal office will not be realized. Need to understand how ergonomics leads to human based design & accessibility? Contact us at 416 860-0002 or info@optimalperformance.ca 

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A perfect example in this @GlobeandMail article as to how #architects #Interiordesigners do not take the time or invest in the expertise of #ergonomists who are experts in the #humanfactor and design. #employee productivity suffers as a result. Contact us to learn how to use our expertise in tandem with #AandD Info@optimalperformance.ca
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December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments. To all of my friends, family, patients of mine, clients all of whom have disa...
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Today is International Day of Person's with Disabilities. Great reminder to make sure ALL Ontario-based employers meet the deadline to report your compliance with the AODA's IASR & Multi-Year Plan documents. This is all about bringing the 17-20% of Ontarian's with Disabilities + the older & fast growing segment of our population into society, work, recreation & community. If you are not sure about all of the moving parts associated with the CSS, IASR, Ontario Build Code, Fire Code, Training & Public Space Design let the experts at OPC guide you thru the process to guarantee compliance on time.

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Not compliant with AODA? Ignore compliance audit notice at your peril

Not compliant with AODA? Ignore compliance audit notice at your peril | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
There are 500 companies facing AODA compliance orders from the province of Ontario. (Photo: Shutterstock)The Ontario government is cracking down on co...
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The Countdown has begun for compliance with your IASR obligations under the AODA. 41 days and counting to comply and register your compliance with the Directorate.  If these acronyms are not clear to you or if your company is not certain what to do with notices you may have received over the last 2 years, please contact one of our AODA experts at AODA@optimalperformance.ca  With the Ontario Build Code's mandatory Accessible Built Environment Standard (ABES) starting in full January 1 2015 Build Owners, Property Managers, & Tenants should be considering a Built Environment & Public Space Audit by one of our OBC Experts, Architects or Interior Designers.  If your company is updating your websites, intranet or apps contact Arthur or Jason at OPC to arrange a meeting about how to comply with the WCAG level requirements (IASR).  OPC Inc since 1991

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Will Accessible Tourism soon be the largest travel market? - WTM Responsible Tourism Blog

Will Accessible Tourism soon be the largest travel market? - WTM Responsible Tourism Blog | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
Accessible tourism is rapidly becoming the largest sector of the travel market. Business providers need a new approach to this growing opportunity

Via Brian Seaman
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We have been long telling Retailers, Restaurants, Entertainment, Hotel and Tourism companies that the fastest growing market for them to capture are disabled and aging customers. Rather than wait for the AODA and other legislation to push the envelope, forward thinking companies need to look at the knowledge, skills and expertise OPC Inc brings to the field of accessible and human centred design. The dollars are on the table waiting to be picked up. JESleeth & the AODA team at OPC Inc
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Did you know Ergonomics is about Preventing Human Error?

Did you know Ergonomics is about Preventing Human Error? | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
Many an OH&S Manager or Committee make the same assumptions when attempting a Root Cause Analysis. Too often the human factor is deemed to be the cause for an accident, near miss or MSI injury,...
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Ergonomics is about so much more than the chair, or posture.  In this Blog Jane Sleeth Sr Consultant with Optimal Performance describes how Ergonomics is a key piece of the puzzle in Root Cause Analysis towards prevention of Human Error.

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Did you know Ergonomics is Mandatory Under the General Duty Clause of the OHS Act?

Did you know Ergonomics is Mandatory Under the General Duty Clause of the OHS Act? | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
A formal and effective Ergonomic Program when developed by the experts at OPC Inc. should include the following elements; 1. Written Policies about the Ergonomic Program 2. Tie in of the program wi...
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Ergonomic processes to prevent injury in the workplace are mandatory in each Province in Canada under the General Duty Clause of the OH&S Acts.  Learn how to develop effective programs at one of OPC Inc's upcoming 1 day Seminars in Toronto and Vancouver this Fall. Contact us at Info@optimalperformance.ca

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Power of Place | 360 Research | Resources | Steelcase

Power of Place | 360 Research | Resources | Steelcase | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it

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Always great research that is put into practice at Steelcase - will be of interest to all readers who want to understand the human factor better.  JESleeth OPC Inc

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Helen Teague's curator insight, July 22, 2014 1:38 PM

The cost of disengagement in CoPs: A recent study by Gallup showed that worldwide, 87 percent of employed people are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work, which means that they’re emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and thus less likely to be productive. Sometimes these disengaged employees are outright toxic to the organization. The cost is high for countries as well as companies. In the United States alone, Gallup estimates that the cost of disengaged employees could be between $450—$550 billion per year. In Germany, that cost is estimated at 100 billion euros per year.

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Kyle Doherty (kyledoherty) on Twitter

Kyle Doherty (kyledoherty) on Twitter | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
The latest from Kyle Doherty (@kyledoherty). Designing and building @expa. Formerly @gumroad and @twitter. San Francisco (RT @lukew: Designing for specific device models becomes overwhelming. Human ergonomics (like viewing distance) help simplify.
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You see......Ergonomics is about the human factor, from head to toe.  OPC Inc

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New App Helps Wheelchair Users Easily Pinpoint Accessible Spots in NYC - PSFK

New App Helps Wheelchair Users Easily Pinpoint Accessible Spots in NYC - PSFK | Human Factors Design | Scoop.it
Wheely features accessible subway maps, specific directions and maps to subway elevators, and reviews on local accessible places.

Via Thomas Faltin
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Toronto wake up!  A city which is not accessible to all is a city who loses millions per year in lost visitors and business.  OPC Inc

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Merja Saarela's curator insight, July 17, 2014 6:49 AM

In last two-three years there's been developed plenty of useful mobile apps that help to navigate in cities. The latest Wheely App helps specifically wheelchair and stroller users to find accessible subway maps and elevators in NYC. 


Kaupungissa liikkumista helpottavia mobiilipohjaisia sovelluksia on syntynyt viimeisen parin kolmen vuoden aikana kuin sieniä sateella. Uusin tällainen on Wheely App, avustavan teknologian sovellus New Yorkissa liikkuville pyörätuolia ja muita rattaita, kuten lastenvaunuja, käyttäville henkilöille. Sovellus tarjoaa paikannustietoa ja karttoja metrojen ja metrohissien saavutettavuudesta sekä sijainnista. Jatkossa sovelluksen kehittäjällä on suunnitelmissa lisätä myös tietoa muista paikallisesti saavutettavista kohteista.