Smart Ergonomics - Early Symptom Management (ESM)

Tuesday, April 1 2014
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Location: MassBio, 300 Technology Square, 8th Floor, Cambridge, MA

Not all ergonomic injuries are preventable, but, if an injury does occur, there are proven intervention techniques for positive outcomes. Early Symptom Management (ESM) can decrease the recordable incident rate and Worker Compensation costs by 10-30%.

In this Forum, our speakers Mary Gregoire and Gregory Roth will share their expertise and demonstrate ESM techniques. ESM is a win-win: It addresses symptoms before they develop into injury which is good for the employee, and it decreases potential lost time, production, and Worker Compensation dollars, which is good for the company. Prevention and intervention solutions can be simple.

Come join us to learn:

  • The facts on ergonomic injuries - learn the key statistics & costs
  • Ergonomic awareness for office, lab, & manufacturing settings
  • First level assessment and how to fix it
  • How to respond when pain leads to poor productivity

This Forum will include time for demonstrations of ergonomic equipment and time for attendees to talk with manufacturer representatives.  

The session will be moderated by Denise Aronson, Founder & President of Safety Partners, Inc.

Lunch will be provided.


This Forum is presented by the Safety, Environmental and Facility Operations and Human Resources Forum Working Groups.



Speaker Bios:

Mary Gregoire, RN, BSN, CCRN, CHC, Occupational Health Nurse, Corporate EHS, Charles River Laboratories

Ms. Gregoire has over 20 years of nursing experience including Worker Compensation Utilization Review Manager, Occupational Health Nurse for Pine Street Inn in Boston, Case Manager at Lahey Clinic, Nurse Manager of cardiac ICU and as Certified Health Coach for a number of local businesses.

Ms. Gregoire joined Charles River in 2011 in the role of Corporate Occupational Health Nurse in Wilmington. She oversees medical management of work related injuries and applies practical work strategies that keep the workforce healthy and fit. She manages a number of successful programs including: daily stretching of over 300 employees; Early Symptom Management (ESM) which treats symptoms before they develop into injury; and a dynamic Return to Work (RTW) program including onsite services (MD & PT).  These programs have been very successful in speeding the recovery process for the employee and decreasing lost time, production and money for the company. A healthy employee is a happy employee and a more productive employee – it’s good business!

Ms. Gregoire’s educational background includes a B.S. in Nursing from Oakland University in Rochester, MI and certifications in Critical Care and Health Coaching.


Gregory Roth, PT, Owner/President, OnSite Therapy Solutions, Inc.

Gregory Roth, PT has over twenty years experience in Physical Therapy and over sixteen years providing treatment and prevention services at employer locations throughout the country.  Gregory is President and Owner of OnSite Therapy Solutions, Inc and has been in business for twelve years.  His company now works with more than 50 employers and provides ergonomic training, workstation design and modification, stretching programs, safety handouts, Early Symptom Intervention and comprehensive return-to work- programs.


Moderator Bio:

Denise Aronson, Founder & President, Safety Partners, Inc.

Denise Aronson is a pioneer in the life science health and safety industry. In 1992, Denise founded Safety Partners, Inc., the leading provider of hands-on environmental, health, and safety (EHS) services and training to New England’s expanding life sciences and technology industries.  Since then, Denise and her team have developed and implemented safety programs for more than 300 top life science companies. Prior to founding Safety Partners, Denise served as EHS manager at T Cell Sciences, and managed a clinical prenatal diagnostics laboratory. She began her career as a research associate at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, after receiving a BS in Biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire.

Today Denise is active in more than 20 professional societies and trade organizations, and was a founding member of four leads groups. She is a co-chair of the MassBio SEF Working Group, a member of the Steering Committee for Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day, a member of the Advisory Committee for the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Department of Work Environments and serves on the Boards of The Bioscience Network and The Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay.

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