The Center for Occupational Safety, Ergonomics, & Injury Prevention has active research in many areas. The following profiles highlight some broad areas of recent and ongoing research:

Agricultural Safety & Health


The Combined Impact of Hand-Arm Vibration and Noise Exposure on Hearing Sensitivity of Agricultural/Forestry Workers—A Systematic Literature Review - Link

Biomechanical factors during common agricultural activities: Results of on-farm exposure assessments using direct measurement methods – Link

Whole-body vibration and trunk posture during operation of agricultural machinery - Link




Actuation Timing Perception of a Powered Ankle Exoskeleton and Its Associated Ankle Angle Changes During Walking - Link

An ergonomic assessment tool for evaluating the effect of back exoskeletons on injury risk - Link

Individuals differ in muscle activation patterns during early adaptation to a powered ankle exoskeleton - Link


Evacuation Safety


Establishing School Bus Baseline Emergency Evacuation Times for Elementary School Students - Link

Characterizing posture and associated physiological demand during evacuation - Link

School bus rear emergency door design improvements to increase evacuation flow - Link


Fatigue Failure


Musculoskeletal disorders as a fatigue failure process: evidence, implications and research needs - Link

Musculoskeletal Disorders: The Fatigue Failure Mechanism - Link

Development and validation of a cumulative exposure shoulder risk assessment tool based on fatigue failure theory - Link

Research Resources


Modeling the Lower Back


Regression models for the erector spinae muscle mass (ESMM) cross-sectional area: asymptomatic populations - Link

Prediction models for the cross-sectional areas of lower lumbar intervertebral discs and vertebral endplates – Link

Using MRI-derived spinal geometry to compute back compressive stress (BCS): a new measure of low back pain risk - Link


Transportation Systems


Human Performance in Highly Automated, Cyber Vulnerable Unmanned Aerial Systems: Effects of Operators’ Background and Task Load - Link

Isolating the effect of off-road glance duration on driving performance: An exemplar study comparing hdd and hud in different driving scenarios - Link

Determining the impact of augmented reality graphic spatial location and motion on driver behaviors - Link


Wearable Sensors


Barriers to the Adoption of Wearable Sensors in the Workplace: A Survey of Occupational Safety and Health Professionals - Link

Manufacturing worker perceptions of using wearable inertial sensors for multiple work shifts - Link

Wearable inertial sensors for objective kinematic assessments: A brief overview - Link


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