Sunil Lakhiani
Sunil D. Lakhiani, Ph.D., P.E.
Managing Engineer
Human Factors & Industrial Engineering
  • Warrenville

Dr. Lakhiani uses his knowledge in human factors and risk perception to evaluate occupational and process safety concerns and in conducting proactive evaluations, such as facility and plant model reviews, safety culture assessments, standard operating procedure development, and reviews. In addition, he has experience investigating human error and accident causation associated with consumer products, heavy machinery, and industrial tools and operations. He has specialized knowledge and experience in the design and evaluation of warnings and instructions for a wide array of consumer and industrial products including sporting goods, household and industrial chemicals, industrial equipment, and consumer products. He has conducted safety audits of worksites through inspections and injury-data analysis.

Dr. Lakhiani uses his background in chemical engineering and industrial engineering to assess and investigate human factors and process safety issues as they relate to premise and product liability, railroad incidents, process plant design and operations, use of chemical products, and occupational incidents. He also has experience in evaluating compliance with regulatory requirements, including Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA), and other federal, state and international standards.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Lakhiani completed his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, with a focus in human factors and safety in the process industry. As part of his dissertation, Dr. Lakhiani developed hypothetical scenarios, realistic to the process industry, and used them in understanding relationships between human perception, safety climate, and employees’ near-miss reporting behavior.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2007
  • M.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2003
  • B.E., Chemical Engineering, University of Mumbai, India, 2001
  • Polygon Engineering Council’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Industrial Engineering, 2005–2006

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Registered Professional Engineer, Wisconsin, #40741-6

Certified Qualified Individual for Fall Protection

OSHA – Qualified Individual for General Industry Standards (OSHA 511)

Certified in DOT HM-126F Hazardous Materials Transportation

LANGUAGES

  • Hindi
  • Sindhi

Publications

Dee, SJ, Ogle, RA, Lakhiani SD. Procedural safeguard reliability. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2015 Spring National Meeting, 11th Global Congress on Process Safety, April 27–29, 2015.

Khan FS, Lakhiani SD, Morrison DR. Guidelines for creating a process safety culture assessment tool. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2015 Spring National Meeting, 11th Global Congress on Process Safety, April 27–29, 2015.

Khan FS, Krauss DA, Alper SJ, Droll J, Arndt SR, Lakhiani SD, Cades DM. Do people heed warnings at gas stations? Proceedings, 2nd Annual World Conference of the Society for Industrial and Systems Engineering, pp. 114–117, Las Vegas, NV, November 5–7, 2013. ISBN: 97819384960-1-1.

Lakhiani SD, Morrison DR, Arndt SA. Warning placards versus safe practices—Redefining hierarchical hazard analysis for process industries. 2012 Annual Symposium, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, October 2012.

Khan FS, Alper SJ, Droll JA, Lakhiani SD, Arndt SR, Cades DM. Do people heed warnings at gas stations? Michigan Defense Trial Council Quarterly E-Newsletter, May 2012.
Lakhiani SD, Alper SJ, Khan FS, Arndt SR. The “nano” label—Developments and potential human factors issues. Conference, American Society of Safety Engineers, Chicago, IL, April 2011.

Lakhiani SD. Near miss reporting behavior and the safety climate—A scenario based study. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2011 Spring National Meeting, 7th Global Congress on Process Safety, March 13–16, 2011.

Sala JB, Nichols EA, Muhammad R, Lakhiani SD, Rauschenberger R, Wood CT. Government, warnings, safety information: A comparison of inter-agency regulations and guidance. In: Advances in Human Factors, Ergonomics, and Safety in Manufacturing and Service Industries. Karwowski W, Salvendy G (eds), pp. 1047–1056, CRC Press, 2010.

Lakhiani SD. Effect of confidentiality of reporting system on employee perception and their willingness to report near-miss. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2010 Spring National Meeting, 44rd Annual Loss Prevention Symposium, San Antonio, TX, March 22–24, 2010.

Krauss D, Arndt S, Lakhiani SD, Khan FS. Additional considerations when applying the “Safety Engineering Hierarchy” in industrial work settings. Proceedings, 13th Annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering: Theory, Applications and Practice, Las Vegas, NV, 2008.

Lakhiani SD. Effect of confidentiality of reporting system and severity of potential consequences of near-miss events in chemical industry on causal attribution and employees’ willingness to report: A scenario-based study. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007.

Lakhiani SD, Khan FS, Smith MJ. Electronic performance monitoring: Effect on productivity, employee health, and well-being. Proceedings, National Conference on HWWE-2004, pp. 28–32, Mumbai, India, 2004.

Khan FS, Lakhiani SD, Smith MJ. A macroergonomic look at call center workers in India. Proceedings, National Conference on HWWE-2004, pp. 17–21, Mumbai, India, 2004.

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Safety Engineers (member)

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (member)

Society of Chemical Hazard Communication (member)

Knowledge

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2007
  • M.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2003
  • B.E., Chemical Engineering, University of Mumbai, India, 2001
  • Polygon Engineering Council’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Industrial Engineering, 2005–2006

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Registered Professional Engineer, Wisconsin, #40741-6

Certified Qualified Individual for Fall Protection

OSHA – Qualified Individual for General Industry Standards (OSHA 511)

Certified in DOT HM-126F Hazardous Materials Transportation

LANGUAGES

  • Hindi
  • Sindhi