Vern Putz-Anderson


Hi Folks,
My career with CDC NIOSH has been most interesting. (1) My first projects dealt with neurobehavioral toxicology. I examined the organic solvents at or below threshold level values for their health effects on neuro functioning and behavioral skills. The goal was to determine and publish findings to assess the safety of current organic solvent exposure levels. (2) This work was followed with the establishment of a strategic national research plan for assessing the impact of exposures from cumulative trauma to the musculoskeletal system.

From 1996-2009, I served as the Chief of the Information Resources Branch within the Education and Information Division of NIOSH in Cincinnati. Since 2006, I also had the pleasure of serving as the Institute’s coordinator for the Wholesale and Retail Trade (WRT) Sector. In this capacity I was able to assemble an external team of stakeholders who have jointly contributed to the first national research agenda for the WRT Sector. Based on detailed surveillance data from the BLS, my colleagues and I identified select sub sectors or businesses that have higher than average rates of nonfatal and fatal injuries. The current focus is on developing a public health campaign that will follow the surveillance data to those business (sub-sectors) that need information about the nature and causes of workplace injuries. This program is also developing methods or best practices for reducing high levels of overexertion injury.

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Bhattacharya, A., Mueller, M., & Putz-Anderson, V. (1985). Traumatogenic factors affecting the knees of carpet installers. Applied Ergonomics. Retrieved from

Croxton, J. S., Putz‐Anderson, V. R., & Setzer, J. V. (1985). Attributional consequences of chemical exposure and performance feedback. Journal of Applied Social Psychology15(5), 313-329. Retrieved from

Garg, A., Waters, T., & Putz-Anderson, V. (1994). MULTIPLE-TASK ANALYSIS USING REVISED NIOSH EQUATION FOR MANUAL LIFTING. Advances in Industrial. Retrieved from

Grant, K., Habes, D., & Putz-Anderson, V. (1994). Psychophysical and EMG correlates of force exertion in manual work. International Journal of Industrial. Retrieved from

Habes, D., & Putz-Anderson, V. (1985). The NIOSH program for evaluating biomechanical hazards in the workplace. Journal of Safety Research. Retrieved from

Jr, F. W., & Putz-Anderson, V. (1990). Vibration thresholds as a function of age and diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome: a preliminary report. Experimental Aging Research. Retrieved from

Lu, M., Putz-Anderson, V., & Garg, A. (2016). Evaluation of the Impact of the Revised National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Lifting Equation. Human Factors: The. Retrieved from

Pizatella, T., Putz-Anderson, V., & Bobick, T. (1992). Understanding and evaluating manual handling injuries: NIOSH research studies. Ergonomics. Retrieved from

Putz-Anderson, V. (1988). Cumulative trauma disorders: A manual for musculoskeletal diseases of the upper limbs. Retrieved from

Putz-Anderson, V. (1988). The impact of automation on musculoskeletal disorders. Proceedings of the First International Conference on. Retrieved from

Putz-Anderson, V. (2003). Fundamentals of surveillance for work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Occupational Ergonomics: Engineering and. Retrieved from

Putz-Anderson, V. (1990). Focus on Cumulative Trauma Disorders: An Emerging Occupational Health Problem. Applied Occupational and Environmental. Retrieved from

Putz-Anderson, V., Albright, B., Lee, S., & Johnson, B. (1982). A behavioral examination of workers exposed to carbon disulfide. Retrieved from

Putz-Anderson, V., & Bernard, B. (1997). Musculoskeletal disorders and workplace factors. National. Retrieved from

Putz-Anderson, V., Doyle, G., & Hales, T. (1992). Ergonomic analysis to characterize task constraint and repetitiveness as risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders in telecommunication office work. Scandinavian Journal of Work,. Retrieved from

Putz-Anderson, V., & Galinsky, T. (1993). Psychophysically determined work durations for limiting shoulder girdle fatigue from elevated manual work. International Journal of Industrial. Retrieved from

PUTZ-ANDERSON, V., & SETZER, J. (1981). Effects of alcohol, caffeine and methyl chloride on man. Psychological. Retrieved from

Putz-Anderson, V., Setzer, J., & Croxton, J. (1981). Methyl chloride and diazepam effects on performance. Scandinavian Journal of. Retrieved from

Waters, T., & Putz-Anderson, V. (1998). Methods for assessing the physical demands of manual lifting: a review and case study from warehousing. American Industrial. Retrieved from

Waters, T., & Putz-Anderson, V. (2003). Revised NIOSH lifting equation. And Administrative Controls. Retrieved from

Waters, T., & Putz-Anderson, V. (1996). Manual materials handling. Occupational Ergonomics: Theory and Applications. Retrieved from

Waters, T., Putz-Anderson, V., & Garg, A. (1994). Applications manual for the revised NIOSH lifting equation. Retrieved from

Waters, T., Putz-Anderson, V., Garg, A., & Fine, L. (1993). Revised NIOSH equation for the design and evaluation of manual lifting tasks. Ergonomics. Retrieved from

Tanaka, S., Wild, D. K., Seligman, P. J., Halperin, W. E., Behrens, V. J., & Putz‐Anderson, V. (1996). Re: Prevalence estimate of self‐reported carpal tunnel syndrome among US workers by analyzing the 1988 National Health Interview Survey data. American journal of industrial medicine30(4), 502-503. Retrieved from;2-8/abstract

Tanaka, S., Wild, D. K., Seligman, P. J., Behrens, V., Cameron, L., & Putz-Anderson, V. (1994). The US prevalence of self-reported carpal tunnel syndrome: 1988 National Health Interview Survey data. American Journal of Public Health84(11), 1846-1848. Retrieved from

Dick, R. B., Setzer, J. V., Wait, R., Hayden, M. B., Taylor, B. J., Tolos, B., & Putz-Anderson, V. (1984). Effects of acute exposure of toluene and methyl ethyl ketone on psychomotor performance. International archives of occupational and environmental health54(2), 91-109. Retrieved from

Grant, K. A., Habes, D. J., Baron, S. L., Sweeney, M. H., Piacitelli, L. A., Putz-Anderson, V., & Fine, L. J. (1993). Ergonomic evaluation of checkstand designs in the retail food industry: a report based on expert assessment. Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene8(11), 929-936. Retrieved from

Guo, H. R., Tanaka, S., Cameron, L. L., Seligman, P. J., Behrens, V. J., Ger, J., ... & Putz‐Anderson, V. (1995). Back pain among workers in the United States: national estimates and workers at high risk. American journal of industrial medicine28(5), 591-602. Retrieved from

Hales, T. R., Sauter, S. L., Peterson, M. R., Fine, L. J., Putz-Anderson, V., Schleifer, L. R., ... & Bernard, B. P. (1994). Musculoskeletal disorders among visual display terminal users in a telecommunications company. Ergonomics37(10), 1603-1621. Retrieved from

Tanaka, S., Wild, D. K., Seligman, P. J., Halperin, W. E., Behrens, V. J., & Putz‐Anderson, V. (1995). Prevalence and Work‐Relatedness of Self‐Reported Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Among US Workers: Analysis of the Occupational Health Supplement Data of 1988 National Health Interview Survey. American journal of industrial medicine27(4), 451-470. Retrieved from

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