Material handling group funds creation of ergonomics research center
Carolyn Sommerich and Stephen Lavender of OSU were awarded the grant for their research proposal
-- Developing a Distribution Ergonomics Research Center. The specific aims of the proposal are:
To create a research center that develops and evaluates ergonomic methods, tools and processes that will allow distribution center workers to work more safely and efficiently.
To develop partnerships between regional distribution centers and material handling equipment manufacturers to assist the centers in becoming
"workplaces of excellence" via the proper utilization of ergonomics and lean engineering.
"MHIA is proud to support this important research which will contribute significantly to the body of knowledge on ways to improve the safety and productivity of
warehouses and distribution centers," said Daniel Quinn, MHIA vice chairman of education planning and professional development.
"Going forward, MHIA is anxious to support research such as this which will benefit the safety and productivity of factories and warehouses in the United States."
Quinn said the MHIA anticipates increased research funding in 2009. The group is committed to the support of material handling and facility logistics research and teaching, he said. As a result, increased funding will be
available for material handling and logistics research proposals during the 2009-10 academic year.A call for those proposals will go out in late 2008.
November 4, 2008
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