Dr. Allread is the Program Director of the Institute for Ergonomics (http://ergonomics.osu.edu) at The Ohio State University (http://www.osu.edu). 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.
Ph.D., The Ohio State University (2000) - http://www.osu.edu
M.S., The Ohio State University (1993)
(Industrial Engineering, Major: Ergonomics and Biomechanics)
B.S.E., Wright State University (1986) - http://www.wright.edu
(Systems Engineering/Human Factors Engineering) - http://www.cs.wright.edu/bie/
Professional Society Affiliations
Member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 1986 - present
Certified Ergonomics Professional (Board of Certified Professional Ergonomists), 2005-present
Associate Ergonomics Professional (Board of Certified Professional Ergonomists), 1999-2005
1. Chairperson and Reviewer, Disease, Disability, and Injury Prevention and Control Special Emphasis Panel, Collaborative Program for the Identification and Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, July 24, 2000
2. Member, Human Factors Subcommittee of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), 2002 - 2010
3. Co-Advisor, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Student Chapter at The Ohio State University, 2003-present
4. Organizing Committee, Applied Ergonomics Conference, 2009 - present
1. Marras WS, Lavender SA, Leurgans S, Rajulu S, Allread WG, Fathallah F, and Ferguson SA, 1993, The role of dynamic three dimensional trunk motion in occupationally-related low back disorders: the effects of workplace factors, trunk position and trunk motion characteristics on injury, Spine, 18(5):617-628.
2. Marras WS, Lavender SA, Leurgans S, Fathallah F, Allread WG, Ferguson SA, and Rajulu S, 1995, Biomechanical risk factors for occupationally related low back disorder risk, Ergonomics, 38(2):377-410.
3. Allread WG, Marras WS, and Parnianpour M, 1996, Trunk kinematics of one-handed lifting and effects of asymmetry and load weight, Ergonomics, 39(2):322-334.
4. Marras WS, Granata KP, Davis KG, Allread WG, and Jorgensen MJ, 1997, Spine loading and probability of low back disorder risk as a function of box location on a pallet, International Journal of Human Factors in Manufacturing, 7(4):323-336.
5. Marras WS, Granata KP, Davis KG, Allread WG, and Jorgensen MJ, 1999, Effects of box features on spine loading during warehouse order selecting, Ergonomics, 42(7):980-996.
6. Allread WG, Marras WS, and Burr DL, 2000, Measuring trunk motions in industry: variability due to task factors, individual differences, and the amount of data collected, Ergonomics, 43(6):691-701.
7. Marras WS, Allread WG, Burr DL, and Fathallah FA, 2000, Prospective validation of a low-back disorder risk model and assessment of ergonomic interventions associated with manual materials handling tasks, Ergonomics, 43(11):1866-1886.
8. Marras WS, Davis KG, Heaney CA, Maronitis AB, and Allread WG, 2000, The influence of psychosocial stress, gender, and personality on mechanical loading of the lumbar spine, Spine, 25(23):3045-3054.
9. Allread WG, 2004, Measuring adjustability's benefits, Occupational Safety and Health, 73(4):54-61, 84.
10. Allread WG, Wilkins III JR, Waters TR and Marras WS, 2004, Physical demands and low-back injury risk among children and adolescents working on farms, Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health, 10(4):257-274.
11. Allread WG and Marras WS, 2006, Does personality affect the risk of developing musculoskeletal discomfort? Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, 7(2):149-167.
12. Allread WG and Waters TR, 2007, Interventions to reduce low-back injury risk among youth who perform feed handling and scooping tasks on farms, Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health, 13(4):375-393.
13. Youngquist ST, Niemann JT, Allread WG, Heyming T, Rosborough JP, 2010, Neurologically intact survival in a porcine model of cardiac arrest: Manual Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation vs. LifeBelt® Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Prehospital Emergency Care, 14(3):324-328.
14. Ferguson SA, Marras WS, Allread WG, Knapik GG, Vandlen KA, Splittstoesser RE, Gang Y, 2011, Musculoskeletal disorder risk as a function of vehicle rotation angle during assembly tasks, Applied Ergonomics, 42:699-709.
15. Ferguson SA, Allread WG, Burr DL, Heaney C, Marras WS, 2012, Biomechanical, psychosocial and individual risk factors predicting low back functional impairment among furniture distribution employees, Clinical Biomechanics, 27:117-123.