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Ohio State University ergonomics training material available to IEHA community

December 13, 2013

Ohio State University (OSU) Ergonomics Training Material Available to IEHA Community

WESTERVILLE, OH — IEHA is pleased to announce to the cleaning and facilities sector, and especially to IEHA members, ergonomics awareness training material (in both English and Spanish) for housekeepers and housekeeping managers, available for complimentary download at:


Through the OSHA-sponsored, Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, the OSU Institute for Ergonomics previously developed and provided ergonomics awareness training to housekeepers and housekeeping managers across the United States.  Now OSHA has released the training materials so even more people will benefit.

“It is great news that OSHA has made our ergonomics awareness training resources available to members of the IEHA and facilities community,” said W. Gary Allread, PhD, program director, Institute for Ergonomics, The Ohio State University.

“We thank Dr. Allread for his assistance, and are glad to promote authoritative Ergonomic Resources for Housekeeping to the health-and-safety-focused members of IEHA,” said Beth Risinger, chief executive officer (CEO) and executive director of IEHA. “IEHA members, leaders in their fields, will utilize these additional educational resources to make their operations and staff safer, healthier and more productive.”

About IEHA
IEHA is a 3,200-plus professional member organization for persons who direct cleaning, maintenance, housekeeping, groundskeeping, safety and/or indoor environmental programs in commercial, industrial or institutional facilities. The organization was founded in New York City in 1930, and is now located in Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of the State’s capitol, Columbus. IEHA provides its members with an array of professional development, educational, certification and career opportunities. For more information, visit

About OSU Institute for Ergonomics
The Institute for Ergonomics at The Ohio State University is dedicated to ensuring safe and effective designs of work environments, processes and tools. This is accomplished by determining both the physical and cognitive capabilities and limitations of people, and understanding how performance is affected by using different tools, work practices, and support technologies.

About Gary Allread
Dr. Allread is the Program Director of the Institute for Ergonomics at The Ohio State University (  A Certified Professional Ergonomist, he works extensively with companies and organizations nationwide, to provide a variety of ergonomics support services.  This includes:  conducting ergonomics worksite assessments; giving general and customized ergonomics training; and developing and managing companies' ergonomics programs.  He also works closely with Ohio State's well-respected ergonomics faculty and staff to conduct quantitative research for those seeking more-detailed analyses of their products and work functions.  Dr. Allread coordinates Ohio State's popular Ergonomics Short Course, offered bi-annually on OSU's main campus in Columbus.  Recently, he has also lent his expertise to those in the foundry, automotive assembly, hospitality, healthcare, and air transportation industries, to improve work practices and reduce injuries among employees.