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Atlas Ergonomics presents at national conference

December 3, 2012
| By Pete Daly |
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Drew Bossen, one of the founders of Atlas Ergonomics LLC of Grand Haven, will be making presentations at the 2012 National Ergonomics Conference (or ErgoExpo) in Las Vegas, beginning Dec. 4.

Bossen will explain how employers can identify gaps in their ergonomics programs, and will clarify the ramifications of the growing wellness movement in his talk titled, “Why Your Organization Needs a Wellness Program.” In it, he explains the work-force implications of the obesity epidemic, including the data relating obesity to medical expenses, workplace injuries and workers’ compensation costs.

On Dec. 6 at the expo, Bossen will join with Cathryn Lang of Pearson North America in presenting the case study, “Pearson’s Successful Strategies with a Dispersed Workforce.” This presentation covers how Pearson, a large education publisher with approximately 30,000 employees in 17 states, combined online risk assessment and various degrees of one-to-one intervention in a comprehensive ergonomics program with measurable results.

Atlas Ergonomics LLC was founded 11 years ago by Bossen, who lives in Iowa; James Landsman of Grand Haven; and Sherm Robbins, who recently retired. Bossen is a physical therapist and Landsman is an engineer with an MBA. Atlas has client companies all over the United States, including a banking group with 180,000 employees. Another major sector it serves is the trucking industry. Among other things, Atlas helps client companies screen job applicants to ensure they are physically capable of doing the work they are applying for, without injuring themselves.

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