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Friday, September 12 • 1:50pm - 2:50pm
B009 Reducing Injuries in a Medical Research Animal Handling Facility by 67%: A Joint Effort (Intermediate)

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Topic Overview:

DLAR (Division of Laboratory Animal Resources) is the division within Duke Health System whose employees care for all of the animals being used in and for medical research. This includes animals of all sizes, from mice to non-human primates. Duke monitors all divisions that have a "Days Away Restricted/Job Transfer" (DART) rate over 4.00 per 100 full-time employees. In 2007, DLAR had a DART rate of 26.13, the highest DART rate at Duke. DLAR’s DART rate was 70% higher than the division with the next highest DART rate. Most of the injuries were related to ergonomics and occupational hygiene safety. In 2008, upper management was already in the process of re-classifying all of its job positions from union to non-union, which assisted with changing the culture and morale by reducing turnover and giving employees a long-term career path. With upper management taking responsibility for making systemic changes to the division regarding employee safety, a Safety Committee was finally established. With continued upper management financial and administrative support and a positive working relationship with Duke Ergonomics and Occupational & Hygiene Safety, the Safety Committee has been able to facilitate multiple upgrades of various magnitudes that have had an enormous impact on the injury rate. By 2012, the DART rate for DLAR had been reduced by 67%, to 8.69. This presentation will show before and after injury data and examples of these solutions, including HR policy changes, material purchases, and both large and small equipment installations.



  1. Describe how HR policy changes can positively affect safety.
  2. Review how management “buy in” can assist with reducing injury rates.
  3. Describe examples of manual material handling upgrades.

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Erica M. King, MS

Erica M. King is an Ergonomist at Duke University & Health System. She has eight years of experience in industrial safety and ergonomics, where she has worked for both an academic institution with a large health system as well as a large utility. King received her Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech and received her Master of Science in Industrial Engineering with a focus in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics from the University of... Read More →

Friday September 12, 2014 1:50pm - 2:50pm
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