Industrial & Occupational Safety

With multiple millions of injuries and illnesses in private industry each year the potential costs to employers, equipment manufacturers and insurance carriers are staggering. A violation of OSHA standards and regulations can cost employers up to $70,000 per violation. The costs of workplace injuries, including the cost of lost workdays, worker’s compensation, loss of production, lower employee morale, and product damage can result in enormous losses for an organization. Further, if an occupational incident involves contractors, or other outside employees, the issue of products liability may lead to serious litigation costs for the employer, the designer of the equipment, the installer or maintenance contractor and even the distributer of the equipment. 

The engineers and scientists in the Human Factors group at Exponent can evaluate workplace environments, industrial machinery and human behavior to answer questions about injury causation and to develop methods for injury prevention. The wide-ranging skill sets and backgrounds within the Human Factors group aid in analyses of workplace injuries and evaluations of industrial safety. The scientists and engineers in the Human Factors group use their expertise in industrial engineering, psychology, risk perception and acceptance, digital imaging, data analysis, and warning effectiveness to investigate workplace incidents. 

Our expertise includes, but is not limited to:


  • Hazard communication and training
  • Risk/Hazard analysis
  • OSHA standards 
  • Manual material handling
  • Aerial lifting devices
  • Walking and working surfaces
  • Noise and vibration 
  • Permit required refined spaces
  • Warnings and signage development and evaluation
  • Employer/employee risk perception
  • Guarding of machinery and hazardous work environments
  • Forklift safety
  • Work policies and procedures including lockout/tagout (LOTO) and confined space entry
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Exponent’s Human Factors engineers and scientists are qualified to assist clients with various issues related to industrial and occupational safety and how people interact with their environment and technology at the workplace. Exponent’s Human Factors consultants routinely team up with engineers in various fields, such as mechanics and materials, thermal engineering, biomechanics and civil engineering, to provide highly effective collaborations to assist clients in solving complex technical problems in occupational and industrial settings.

Our services include: 


  • Accident analysis
  • Accident causation
  • Alcohol and drug effects
  • Confined space
  • Control strategies to reduce hazards
  • Fall protection
  • HAZMAT
  • Injury risk assessment
  • Job hazard analysis (JHA)
  • Job safety analysis (JSA)
  • Lighting
  • Lockout/tagout
  • Machine guarding 
  • Near misses
  • Occupational safety
  • OSHA compliance
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Risk analysis
  • Safety assessments 
  • Safety hierarchy 
  • Safety programs 
  • Systems issues relating to safety 
  • Visibility and sight-line analysis 

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