Dr. Fragala has more than 45 years of experience as an Occupational Safety and Health professional and is currently the Senior Advisor for Ergonomics at the Patient Safety Center of Inquiry in Tampa, Florida. He recently served as Champion for the Creating the Safer Environment Program for Joerns Healthcare and Director of Compliance Programs with Environmental Health and Engineering in Newton, Massachusetts. He is retired from the Faculty and his previous position as the Director of Environmental Health and Safety for the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Dr. Fragala is a national expert in the application of ergonomics to the health care setting. He has served as an advisor to OSHA regarding the development of the Proposed Ergonomics Standard and was asked to present with the Secretary of Labor at a national press conference when the proposed Standard was released. Dr. Fragala also has experience as a member of the DuPont Corporation’s Corporate Environmental Health and Safety staff and as a Safety Engineer with an international insurance carrier. He has been an advisor to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and has helped develop and deliver some of their educational offerings. He has been a consultant to a wide range of American industries including many health care organizations, including the Department of Veteran Affairs on the topics of injury prevention and ergonomics. He has served on the faculty of a number of academic institutions, including Harvard University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Southern California, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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