Invitation to Participate in a Research Study

Posted: Oct 14, 2019

Title of Research: Development and Analysis of a Cost Calculator for Ergonomic, Process and Quality Improvement

Researchers: Derek A. Stephens, B.S. and Dr. Diana Schwerha, PhD

IRB number:19-X-172

You are being asked by an Ohio University researcher to be recruited to participate in a research study. Do you work in a company as a safety related professional who makes/influences ergonomic intervention decisions? Are you interested in trying to make ergonomics better in your company? This study may just be for you.

We are conducting an ISE study involving a calculator to help ergonomic intervention decision making. You will be asked to review the calculator that was created to cost ergonomic intervention in terms of injury reduction, performance improvement, and quality improvement. Then, you will be interviewed and asked to take a survey to help better understand how the calculator met your possible needs and wants.

We need about 5-10 professionals to make this work. You will be introduced to new software that could help make your company better.

Please contact Derek Stephens at to take part in this research.

President Message – October 2019

Posted: Oct 14, 2019

Dear Fellow Safety Professionals,

This month I am excited to announce a few committee chairs to round out our Chapter leadership team.

  • Keith Robinson – Government Affairs
  • Maria Scott – Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) stay tuned for future WISE events!
  • Tracy Thompson – Membership Chair
  • Emily Milford – Newsletter Chair

Special thanks to the members above for volunteering in these Chapter roles.

In other Chapter news, we are excited to announce we will sponsor a student member to the future safety leaders conference in November.  Our Student Chapter at Ohio University continues to be a great partnership.  In fact, one of the current Student members Derek Stephens is looking for 5-10 safety professionals that will volunteer to test and provide feedback on his ergonomic calculator tool in their organizations.  Please look at the ergonomic calculator study link in the newsletter for more information.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting.


Allen Bragg
President, Central Ohio ASSP

Technical Report Guides Safe Operation of Automated Vehicles at Work

Posted: Sep 09, 2019

With auto manufacturers producing more vehicles with automated driving components, the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has developed a technical report to help companies safely manage their high-tech fleets. The report identifies key factors that fleet managers should consider when selecting automated vehicles and outlines a plan to assist with their safe operation.

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