Summary of Qualifications:
    •    Instrumental in recognizing work-related musculoskeletal disorders (late 70's)
    •    Pioneered shop floor ergonomics projects (late 70's; auto industry)
    •    Authored the first lay language training materials on ergonomics (1982)
    •    Represented the meat industry in developing the OSHA Meatpacking Guidelines
    •    Author of four books on ergonomics
    •    Conducted task evaluations in over 1500 workplaces
    •    Developed innovative programs for Fortune 100 companies, saving $millions

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Dan MacLeod, MA, MPH, CPE


A record of success and breadth of experience in practical workplace ergonomics without parallel:

  • Considered to be one of the leading practitioners of workplace ergonomics in North America.  Listed by Industrial Hygiene and Safety News as "one of the key players influencing both government and ergonomic standards and industrial control strategies."

  • Author of four books:

The Rules of Work: A Practical Engineering Guide to Ergonomics, second edition (Taylor & Francis, 2012), a basic text on workplace ergonomics, written for workplace practitioners.

The Ergonomics Kit for General Industry, second edition (Taylor & Francis, 2006), a "how to" manual for workplace practitioners on setting up practical workplace ergonomics programs in a manufacturing or service environment.

The Office Ergonomics Kit (New York: Lewis Publishers, 1999), a "how to" manual equivalent to the above kit, but focused on the office environment.

The Ergonomics Edge (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1995), a lay language primer on understanding and using ergonomics that makes good business sense.

  • Over 35 years as a consultant, primarily in industrial work settings.  Conducted evaluations of work areas in over 1500 different workplaces, involving tens of thousands of separate tasks.

  • Developed innovative corporate programs for Fortune 100 companies that have resulted in thousands of ergonomic improvements and savings of millions of dollars

  • Instrumental in identifying the epidemic of upper extremity Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) among autoworkers in the late 1970’s, and consequently pioneered workplace ergonomics programs in auto plants.  Wrote the first lay language booklet on ergonomics, published in 1982, aimed at the auto industry and general metal working operations.

  • Comprehensive experience in industry, ranging from the office environment and hospitals to underground mining and steel mills.

  • Retained by the American Meat Institute and major meatpacking companies in the 1980’s to develop industry-wide programs to reduce MSDs in this high-risk industry.   Represented the industry in working with OSHA to develop the Ergonomics Guidelines for the Meatpacking Industry.

  • Widespread reputation as an energetic and down-to-earth public speaker and trainer

  • Solid background in developing low-cost and common-sense ergonomic improvements, using a style that promotes innovation and inventiveness among client personnel.

 Professional Experience

1997 -           President, Dan MacLeod LLC
1994 - 1997 Director of Ergonomics, Clayton Group Services
1987 - 1994 President, ErgoTech, Incorporated (acquired by Clayton)
1984 - 1987 Independent Consultant in Ergonomics
1974 - 1984 Health and Safety Department, United Auto Workers Int'l. Union
1972 - 1974 University of Illinois Medical Center
1969 - 1971 University of Minnesota
1987 MA, Industrial Relations, University of Minnesota
1974 MPH, Occupational Health and Safety, University of Illinois Medical Center
1971 BA, American Studies (summa cum laude), University of Minnesota
Special Experience
    •    Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE)
    •    Member of ANSI Z-365 Committee for Control of Cumulative Trauma Disorders and chair of Work Organization subgroup
    •    SEMI S8-95 Certified (semi-conductor industry)
    •    Swedish Information Service award — Study of ergonomic developments in Swedish industry (1983)
    •    Secondary school education in Sweden (1965-66)
Ergonomics and Human Factors Society
Ergonomics Society of Sweden
Artistic Blacksmiths Association of North America (ABANA)
Swedish (fluent)
Spanish (good)
French, German (fair)
Chinese (basic verbal; reading level 400 characters)
Publications and Presentations
Full Length Books
2012. The Rules of Work — A Practical Engineering Guide to Ergonomics, Second edition. Taylor & Francis.
2006. The Ergonomics Kit for General Industry, Second edition. Taylor & Francis.
1999. The Office Ergonomics Kit.  Taylor & Francis/CRC Press.
1995. The Ergonomics Edge: Improving Safety, Quality, and Productivity.  John Wiley.
Papers and National Presentations
2010.  Ergonomics Successes – Before-and-After Measurements.  Northeast Area AIHA.

2009.  Before-and-After Interventions – Quantitative Comparisons.  Ergonomics Intervention and Research Conference, Oakland, CA

2004.   Ergonomics and Lean Manufacturing.  Eastern Ergonomics Conference and Exposition.  New York. 

2003.   Case Examples of Practical Ergonomics from the U.S. Postal Service.  National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition.  Las Vegas
2001.   Introduction to Ergonomics.  Gulf Cooperation Council, First Annual Occupational Safety and Health Conference.  Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
1999. Ergonomía Practica. Congresso Internacional de Ingenieria Industrial. Saltillo, Mexico.
1996. Ergonomics Cost Benefits Case Study in a Paper Manufacturing Plant. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Conference. Philadelphia.
1996. Advancements in Ergonomics. Annual Conference of the American Society of Safety Engineers. San Diego.
1996. What You Can Learn from the Meat Industry. ErgoExpo. Chicago.
1993. Quality and Ergonomics. National Safety Congress. Chicago.
1992. Basic Ergonomics Task Analysis. Annual Conference of the American Society of Safety Engineers. Denver.
1992. Work organization and cumulative trauma disorders. Draft report to the American National Standards Institute Z-365 Committee on Cumulative Trauma Disorders.
1992. Implementation. Draft report to the American National Standards Institute Z-365 Committee on Cumulative Trauma Disorders.
1992. Ergonomic task analysis: concepts, case studies, and advanced measurement techniques. Proceedings of the annual conference of the American Society of Safety Engineers. Minneapolis. With Eric Kennedy and Wayne Adams.
1990. Evaluation of ergonomic interventions in the meat industry using vibrometry. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American College of Occupational Medicine. Baltimore.
1990. Practical use of ergonomics. National Safety Congress. Denver.
1989. Practical ergonomic improvements in the meat industry. Human Factors Society Annual Meeting. Denver.
1988. In-plant case studies. Paper presented at the University of Michigan/Loyola University conference on cumulative trauma of the upper extremities. Chicago.
1988. Workplace and Personal Stresses and Insurance-Related Losses Due to Accidents and Injuries. Unpublished masters thesis, University of Minnesota Graduate School.
Training Booklets and Videotapes
1998. The User-Friendly Workplace.  Self-published.
1998. The User-Friendly Office.  Self-published.
1991. Ergonomics for Employees (videotape series). Minneapolis: Comprehensive Loss
Management Inc.
1991. Ergonomics in the Meat Industry. Washington D.C.: American Meat Institute.
1991. Ergonomics in the Baking Industry. Washington D.C.: American Bakers Association.
1991. Ergonomics for Managers. Wichita: Excel Corporation.
1982. Strains and Sprains. Detroit: International Union, UAW.
1980. What Every UAW Representative Should Know About Health and Safety. Detroit: International Union, UAW.
1978. Noise Control — A Worker’s Manual. Detroit: International Union, UAW.
2004.   Cognitive Ergonomics.  Industrial Engineer.  March.
1995. Ergonomics Task Analysis: Picking the Right Tool. Occupational Hazards
June: 71-73.
1994. Setting Up Ergonomics Programs in Health Care Organizations. In Plant, Technology and Safety Management Series 2:33-38. Oakbrook Terrace, IL: Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAH).
1991. Identifying and Controlling Injuries. In Cumulative Trauma Disorders in the Workplace. Washington, D.C.: BNA Press.
1984. Why Sweden has better working conditions than the U.S. Monograph: Working Life in Sweden Series No. 28. New York: Swedish Information Service.
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