Safety in an ageing population looked at as a group issue by the employer and as an individual issue by the 'disability' professional

David Goldojarb

The ageing population presents a number of unique and challenging demands as far as safety is concerned. There are issues related to new and worsening disabilities. There are issues related to new technologies that require new skills, new objectives and new attitudes. There are also issues related to changes in abilities; a memory that is not as acute as before, strength and agility that fail where it used to suffice, and often a dogged refusal to accept these changes, a dangerous situation when it comes to safety.

This presentation will address these issues in the office environment as well as a [unique] factory environment, both in a very high tech industry (rocket propulsion). Of additional import is the total commitment to "safety in the work place" at the Rocketdyne Co and the practical and cost-effective solutions to both group and individual safety issues that have been developed.

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David Goldojarb has been working directly with the Disabled Community since1972. Beginning in 1976, he has been involved in the Workerís Compensation industry as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, manager and business owner. He has also worked as a rehabilitation case coordinator for a major workerís comp insurance carrier and as a Disability Case Manager (Return to Work Coordinator) and Ergonomics Focal for one of the countries largest, high-tech aerospace companies. He is also become involved with workplace safety, specializing in disability issues and ergonomics. David possesses graduate degrees in rehabilitation counseling, psychology, and has completed doctoral studies in clinical health psychology. Davidís experience spans the field of employment and disabilities. From workerís compensation, ADA, EEO, labor union and human resource issues to worksite modifications, ergonomics, and health and safety, and OSHA compliance. David is currently the Disability Case Manager and Ergonomics Focal at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc., formerly Boeing/Rocketdyne Power and Propulsion Systems in Canoga Park, California.

Presentation from the 'Workplace Accommodations: State of the Science' conference, September 15-16, 2005, Atlanta, GA