HFES Webinar on Musculoskeletal Disorders
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), often stemming from ergonomic risk factors, are the largest category of workplace injuries in the United States. According to the 2021 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, overexertion injuries (lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, or carrying objects) are the leading cause for disabling work-related injuries, costing businesses more than $58 billion every year. Additionally, according to NSC Injury Facts, in 2020, the U.S. private sector experienced 247,620 MSD injuries or illnesses resulting in days away from work. To address the significant risk of MSDs, the National Safety Council joined with a major industry partner in 2021 and created the MSD Solutions Lab. In this session, NSC researchers from the MSD Solutions Lab will provide an overview of the initiative and discuss work to date, including the outcome of their scoping review on MSD literature in identifying the challenges for research, innovation, and collaboration, and the building of an index for tracking organization performance to support research into practice. In summary, this session will highlight the MSD Solutions Lab initiatives by discussing current work and plans for future innovation, research, and practice to help ensure that all workplaces are free from MSDs and MSD risk so workers can thrive on and off the clock.
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Dr. Paige DeBaylo joined the National Safety Council in January 2022 as a Research Manager for the MSD Solutions Lab. She holds an MS and PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Previously, she served as a Senior Research Associate in the Austin Independent School District where she analyzed employee and student data and evaluated district programs and functions related to human resources. She has edited, reviewed, and published occupational health, workplace stress, developmental psychology, and scale development and validation related research papers in leading academic journals and has presented her work at national conferences. She is skilled in quantitative and qualitative research methods, program evaluation, systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses, and survey development and validation.
Senior Research Associate
Emily holds a BA in Athletic Training/ Pre-Physical Therapy and a MPH in Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness/ Environmental and Occupational Health. She remains certified in public health (CPH) and athletic training (ATC), but is no longer an active practitioner. Before joining NSC, Emily worked in industrial hygiene mitigating worker airborne exposures and as an athletic trainer working with athletes of all ages. As an ATC, she has expertise regarding the prevention, recognition, evaluation, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Additionally, she is skilled in mixed-methods research, program evaluations, and systematic literature reviews.
Dr. Rammohan Maikala
Subject Matter Expert-Program Technical Consultant
Dr. Rammohan Maikala joined National Safety Council in November 2021 as a Subject Matter Expert-Program Technical Consultant. He worked as an Injury Prevention and Ergonomics Program Specialist for seven years at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington. At Providence, Ram taught and trained safe patient handling and mobility to hospital staff; and developed and provided ergonomics and safety risk assessments to various hospital staff. Before he arrived at Providence Regional Medical Center in October 2014, Ram was a Research Scientist at the Center for Physical Ergonomics, Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.
Ram is the current Editor-in-Chief of Ergonomics in Design, an Editor for International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, and on the advisory panel of IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics & Human Factors. He is the current Technical Standards Division Chair of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. In addition, Ram is the past president of Puget Sound Chapter of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2016-2018) and the past president of The International Society for Occupational Ergonomics & Safety (2016-2017).
Ken Kolosh directs statistical reporting and estimating systems at the National Safety Council. NSC is America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate. NSC focuses on eliminating the leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths. Fundamental to this mission is the collection and dissemination of injury statistics. Mr. Kolosh leads the development of Injury Facts®, NSC’s online statistical resource on preventable injuries, their characteristics, and costs. In addition to Injury Facts®, his responsibilities range from managing NSC’s preliminary motor-vehicle fatality estimate program to conducting an annual estimate of the number of guests injured at amusement parks. He is also an editor for NSC’s Journal of Safety Research. Prior to leading the statistical function, Mr. Kolosh was a research consultant managing NSC’s workplace safety perception surveys.