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Occupational Safety & Health Research Center

Occupational Safety & Health Research Center

Construction Workers on the roof

Construction Workers on the roof

Welcome to OSHRC

The Occupational Safety and Health Research Center (OSHRC) is devoted to discovering and disseminating innovative ways to separate humans from hazards in the occupational environment, through research and training, and focusing on applications that reduce fatalities, injuries, illnesses, and accidents.


New article Teleoperator-Robot-Human Interaction in Manufacturing: Perspectives from Industry, Robot Manufacturers, and Researchers by Sunwook Kim, Maury Nussbaum, and Sol Lim was published in IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors. (May 2024)

New article Wearing a back-support exoskeleton alters lower-limb joint kinetics during single-step recovery following a forward loss of balance by Michael Madigan, Sunwook Kim, and Maury Nussbaum was published in Journal of Biomechanics. (April 2024)

OSHRC Director Maury Nussbaum and his Ph.D students Ahmad Raza Usmani, Wally Morris, and Aanu Ojelade, were featured on their exoskeleton effectiveness research with construction workers in Virginia Tech Video (October 2023).

OSHRC Research Areas

OSHRC members are involved in a broad range of Research Areas that are within diverse disciplines and/or address one or more occupational sectors. Many projects have Research-to-Practice (R2P) components.


Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing, Construction, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Mining, Cross Sector


Industrial Hygiene, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Safety, Slips/Trips/Falls, Work Organization