Whilst we all acknowledge the importance of ergonomics when it comes to the kind of physical labour that roasting requires, it’s rarely our focus when it comes to the day-to-day work of the roastery—and with a relatively young workforce, we often overlook the impact of the work we do until irreparable damage has been done. Joining us from the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, professional ergonomics Richard Graveling kicked off our afternoon lectures at the first ever Roaster Guild of Europe Camp with a much-needed look at the importance of being mindful in the roastery.
Starting with a high-level look at the scope of “ergonomics” and a few of the musculoskeletal disorders common to lifting sacks of coffee, Richard then offers some ideas for ways to lift (“give it a cuddle!”) as well as building and using equipment in the roastery preventatively.
Richard Graveling | Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors
Richard is a professional ergonomist (Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Expert) and previous President of what is now the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors. He has over 35 years experience as an ergonomist and has worked in industries as diverse as coal mining and salmon farming; helping to assess risks and develop solutions to reduce those risks.
Although he has worked in many parts of the food and drink sector (based in Scotland the whisky industry is a particular favourite) his main exposure to coffee has been as a consumer, although he has advised a local coffee company on ergonomics issues – knowledge that will be worked into his talk.
Outside work he is involved with a local theatre group, enjoys rugby, gardening, seeing the great Scottish outdoors, and spending time with his family (and cat).