Course Description
Occupational and environmental health exposures cause thousands of illnesses and injuries each year. This lecture series addresses the evaluation, treatment, and prevention of disease and injuries related to environmental and occupational exposures encountered by physicians and their colleagues in local, regional, and international settings.

At this venue for interdisciplinary education and professional networking, join us as we explore:

  • Current issues and emerging trends in occupational and environmental medicine
  • Practical applications of new scientific discoveries
  • Best practices in occupational and environmental medicine

* Tumwater Satellite Viewing Site LIVE WEBINAR Broadcast *

March 21, 2019 - LIVE Broadcast from UW Medicine South Lake Union

Exoskeletons in the Workplace: New Technology to Reduce Fatigue and Augment Return to Work?

Matthew Marino, PT, MSPT, CPE

Lead Ergonomist & Physical Therapist at Briotix Health

Rick Goggins, MS, CPE

Ergonomist, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries

*LIVE Broadcast Satellite Site - Tumwater* - Join your colleagues in the Olympia area for networking and discussion along with the live interactive webinar. Register for this course on this page to join the satellite site group.

Viewing location:

Labor & Industries Headquarters - Tumwater

7273 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater, WA 98501

Course Overview:

Could Iron Man-esque robotic suits be the magic solution to ergonomic injuries in the workplace? Not exactly. But wearable exoskeletons may be beneficial in reducing musculoskeletal loads that are not otherwise abated by engineering process change. Lifting and handling of heavy materials and supporting heavy tools are contributors to fatigue and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which are known to account for approximately 30% of lost time workplace injuries and illnesses. In this Grand Rounds lecture, we will discuss the benefits and limitations of wearable exoskeletons in the workplace to reduce injuries, and their use in return to work cases and disability prevention.


Intended Audience

Occupational and Environmental Medicine Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Industrial Hygienists and other occupational health professionals involved in treating patients with multiple or complex medical conditions in occupational and environmental medicine.

6:40 p.m.  Webinar live feed begins
6:45 p.m.  Lecture
7:45 p.m.  Q&A
8:00 p.m.  Adjourn

* This event is also available for in-person participation *

Click here to join the Mar 21st lecture in-person


Continuing Education for this activity has been approved, including AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. For complete information on accredition, click here.