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Daniel J. Ortiz

Principal Research Scientist
Division Chief, Human Systems Integration Division

Electronic Systems Laboratory
Human Systems Integration Division
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332-0837


M.P.H. in Occupational/ Environmental Health and Safety, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1981

B.S. in Microbiology, Arizona State University, 1978

Professional Experience

Georgia Institute of Technology
Principal Research Scientist: 2008-present
Senior Research Scientist: 1990-2008
Research Scientist II: 1986-1990
Research Associate I: 1983-1986

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
Loss Prevention Representative

Experience Summary

Daniel J. Ortiz is the Manager of the Occupational Safety and Health Cooperative Programs Office and Division Chief of the Human Systems Integration Division. The effect of work methods, workstation and tool design, and environmental factors, on worker health and performance is his major area of research interest. Mr. Ortiz is a Certified Safety Professional with over 28 years of field and applied research experience in ergonomics and safety including over 500 general industry and construction field studies. He has directed several multi-year research projects in ergonomics and health and safety for the Defense Logistics Agency, the Poultry Processing Industry, and provided the ergonomic research component to a multi-year prospective study, funded by CDC/NIOSH through Emory University's School of Public Health, investigating musculoskeletal disorders among computer users.

Advisory Council and Task Force Involvement

  • DOL/OSHA Functional Review Board design and implementation of a web based information Management system for consultation and compliance, From 2002-Present
  • Academic Advisory Council for Emory University Division of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Rollins School of Public Health 1993-1994.
  • AT Kearney and the OSHA Office of Regulatory Analysis National Task Force to establish feasibility and Impact of an OSHA ergonomic standard 1992.
  • Host of Industry, Labor, OSHA, UGA, Emory and Auburn university round table as part of the rulemaking process for an ergonomic standard attended by the Assistant Secretary of Labor 1996.
  • Hazardous Chemicals Technical Board Advisory Committee Georgia Department of Labor 1996
  • Johns Hopkins working group, "International Workshop on Exposure Assessment for Ergonomic Studies of Workers Using Keyboards or Other Data Processing Input Devices," Annapolis, MD April, 1998


  • Certified Safety Professional, certification in 1986
  • Comprehensive Practices, Board of Certified Safety Professionals

Major Reports and Publications

  1. Machine Safeguarding Principles, Environmental Health and Safety News, Fall 1983, Volume 1, 2 ed.
  2. Back Injury Control and Ergonomics, Environmental Health and Safety News, Summer 1984, Volume 2, No. 1.
  3. Back Injury Control and Ergonomics, American Paper Institute, Inc., Safety
  4. Improving the VDT Workplace, Environmental Spectrum, Environment, Health, and Safety Division of GTRI, Vol. 3, No. 1, 1986.
  5. Workstation Design Improves Worker Comfort, Performance, Environmental Spectrum, Environment, Health, and Safety Division of GTRI, Vol. 3, No. 2, 1986.
  6. Applied Ergonomics An Overview, Workers Compensation Law Institute Proceedings, October 1987.
  7. Ortiz and Gleaves. 1990. A Perspective on Solving Ergonomics Problems, Industrial Ergonomics: Case Studies, M. Pulat and D. Alexander, ed., Institute of Industrial Engineers, Norcross, Georgia, 1991
  8. Kelly, Ortiz, Folds, and Courtney. 1990. Human Factors in Advanced Apparel Manufacturing. In Human Aspects of Advanced Manufacturing and Hybrid Automation, eds. W. Karwowski and M. Rahimi. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  9. Ortiz, Kelly, Courtney, and Folds. 1989. Phase 1 Report: Ergonomic Considerations in Conventional Trouser Manufacturing. Technical Report: U.S. Dept. of Defense Contract No.: DLA900-82-D-0018, Georgia Tech Research
  10. Ortiz, Kelly, Courtney, and Folds. 1990. Phase 2 Report: The Impact of a Chair as an Ergonomic Intervention in Conventional Trouser Manufacturing. Technical Report: U.S. Dept. of Defense Contract No.: DLA900-82-D-0018, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Environmental Sciences and Technology Laboratory.
  11. Ortiz and Jacobs, 1990. An Ergonomics and Health Assessment of Two Chicken Processing Plants. Technical Report: The National Broiler Council, Washington, D.C., Georgia Tech Research Institute.
  12. Ortiz, 1990. An Ergonomics Assessment of a Turkey Processing Plant. Technical Report: The National Turkey Federation, Rustin, Virginia. Georgia Tech Research Institute.
  13. Ortiz and Smith, 1991. Ergonomics. Manipulation, Spinal Motion Therapy and Soft Tissue Mobilization, 4th ed., R. Nyberg, RPT, J. Basmajian, MD, ed., Williams and Wilkens Company, Baltimore, MD. Publication pending.
  14. Ortiz, Kelly, and Davis. 1991. A Stitch in Time: The Supervisor's Guide to Ergonomics. Atlanta: Georgia Institute of Technology (Book and accompanying videotape).
  15. Kelly, Ortiz, Folds, and Courtney.1992.Ergonomic Challenges in Conventional and Advanced Apparel Manufacturing. International Journal of Human Factors in Manufacturing. 2(1): 39-54. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  16. Gerr, Marcus, and Ortiz 1996. Methodological Limitations in the Study of Video Display Terminals and Upper-extremity Musculoskeletal Disorders. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 29:649-656.
  17. Ortiz, Burrows, Houng 1994. The Effect of Work Height and Cutting Task on Muscular Performance and Knife Sensor Output in Poultry Processing. Agriculture Technology Research Program Technical Report.
  18. Ortiz and Courtney 1996. Ergonomics of Video Display Terminals. Society for Technical Communication Atlanta Chapter Proceedings.
  19. Ortiz, Marcus, Gerr, Jones, and Cohen, 1997. Measurement Variability in Upper Extremity Posture Among VDT Users. Applied Ergonomics, 28( 2): 139-143.
  20. Gregor, Ryan, Albrecht, Ortiz, and Burrow 1997. Cumulative Trauma Disorders: Implications of Work Height and Cutting Task on Muscular Performance. Proceedings of the 20th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, September 24-27, 1997.
  21. Gerr, Ortiz, Marcus, White, Jones, Cohen 2000. Computer Users' Postures and Associations with Workstation Characteristics. American Industrial Hygiene Journal, 61:223-230.
  22. Ortiz, Work Systems and Ergonomics, Safety Engineering, Gilbert Marshall, American Society of Safety Engineers, 3rd ed., 2000.
  23. Marcus, Gerr, Monteilh, Ortiz, et. al., 2002. A prospective Study of Computer Users: II.Postural Risk Factors for Musculoskeletal Symptoms and Disorders . American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 41:236-249.
  24. Gerr, Marcus, Ensor, Kleinbaum, Cohen, Edwards, Gentry, Ortiz, and Monteilh., 2002. A prospective Study of Computer Users: I. Study Design and Incidence of Musculoskeletal Symptoms and Disorders. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 41:221-235.
  25. Gerr, Marcus, Monteilh, Hannan, Ortiz, Kleinbaum, 2005. A randomized controlled trial of postural interventions for prevention of musculoskeletal symptoms among computer users. Occupational and Environmental Medicine J. 2005;62:478-487, copyright 2005 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

Major Papers Presented

  1. Ergonomics Case Study," American Industrial Hygiene Quarterly Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, January 1985.
  2. Practical Ergonomics: Reducing Musculoskeletal Injury Using Employee Involvement and Feedback, Coauthor, American Industrial Hygiene Conference, Montreal, Canada, May 31, 1987.
  3. Applied Ergonomics An Overview, Workers Compensation Law Institute, St. Simons Island, Georgia, October 9, 1987.
  4. Ergonomics Poultry Industry Case Study, American Industrial Hygiene Quarterly Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, January, 1989.
  5. Ergonomic Considerations in Trouser Manufacturing, 161st Semi-Annual Convention of the International Association of Clothing Designers, Charleston, S.C., May, 1990.
  6. Ergonomic Considerations in Turkey Processing, National Turkey Federation Summer Meeting, Ashville, N.C., July, 1990.
  7. Applied Ergonomics Prevention of CTDs, Workers Compensation Law Institute, St. Simons Island, Georgia, October, 1990.
  8. Kelly, Ortiz, Courtney, and Folds, 1989. Exploring the Human Factor in Apparel Manufacturing. Human Factors Society 1989 Annual Meeting, Denver Colorado.
  9. Ergonomic Considerations in the Poultry Industry, 25th National Meeting on Poultry Health and Condemnations, Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc., Ocean City, MD, October 1990.
  10. Ergonomics in Apparel Manufacturing, National Science Foundation Workshop on Apparel Manufacturing Improvement , Florida International Institute, Miami, FL, March 23, 1992.
  11. Wyvill, Ortiz, Burrow, and Courtney. Ergonomics Update: An Overview of Research Activities to Develop an Ergonomic Work Assessment System at Georgia Tech, 28th National Meeting on Poultry Health and Processing, Ocean City, MD, 1993.
  12. Ergonomic Control of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Construction Industry, Regional Conference on Ergonomics, Safety, and Health in Construction, Center to Protect Workers' Rights, April, 1994, Atlanta, Georgia.
  13. Ergonomics in the Construction Industry, The Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. 1995 Construction Safety Conference, February, 1995, Atlanta, Georgia.
  14. Ergonomic Case Study, Occupational Ergonomics: Control of Work Related Upper Limb Disorders, University of Michigan, Center for Ergonomics, Charlotte, North Carolina. January 23-24, 1995.
  15. Office Ergonomics, American Design Drafting Associations 36th Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, June 6, 1995.
  16. Office Ergonomics Case Study, University of Michigan Ergonomic Job Analysis Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, November 13-14, 1995.
  17. Ergonomic Task Analysis, Governor's Safety and Health Conference, Kentucky Department of Labor, May 10, 2001
  18. Gerr F, Marcus M, Monteilh C, Ortiz D, Gentry E, Cohen S, Edwards A, Ensor C, Kleinbaum D "Prospective study of musculoskeletal disorders among computer users." Marconi Research Conference, 2002, Marin County, CA, January, 2002
  19. The Impact of Training on Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, Association of General Contractors/SIF Information Exchange Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 20, 2006.

Industry and Agency Alliances and Partnerships

  • SAFE Prevention of Trench Fatalities and Injuries involving Metro Fire Departments
  • Trench Safety Task Force involving American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Consulate General of Mexico Atlanta Office: Hard to Reach Worker Safety Initiative
  • Georgia Health Care Association
  • Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Atlanta Jackson Hartsfield International Terminal Project with Holder and others
  • Rome, Georgia Water Pollution Control Project with Atlantic Skanska, Inc.
  • Youth Initiative with Construction Education Foundation of Georgia

Professional Development

  • Systenrs Engineering Ccrtilicate. Georgia Tech. Nol'embcr 4.2010
  • Modeling and Simulation lbr Systems Engineering. Georgia Tech' November 1-4.2010 (2.7)
  • OSHA Course 1330 Consultation Systems Assessmcnt Training.lune l5-17,2010 (1.1)
  • OSHA Consultation'l'raining Conference. April 26-29. 201 0 (3)
  • Fundamentals of Modern Systems Engineering, Georgia Tech April 12-16, 2010 ceus 3.00
  • Leading Systems Engineering Teams, Georgia Tech, September 29 to October 1, 2009
  • Human Systems Integration, Georgia Tech, January 2008
  • Lean Fundamentals Six Sigma, April 14-17, 2008
  • Six Sigma Greenbelt Course Completion, June and July, 2007
  • Emergency Management Institute IS-195 Basic Incident Command System 01/12/2004
  • Mass Fatalities Incident Response Course, National Mass Fatalities Institute, 3/29-4/2/2004
  • Emergency Management Institute IS-700, National Incident Management System, 4/26/2005.
  • Mid Management Program, Georgia Tech School of Management, 1997
  • Fundamentals of Industrial Engineering IIE, 11/4-6/1998
  • Anthropometry, Anthropology Research Project, 11/1-3/1994
  • Material Handling Short Course, Georgia Tech, 3/16-20/1987
  • Human Factors Engineering, University of Michigan, 8/4-15/1986
  • Occupational Ergonomics, University of Michigan, 1985