Ergonomic Evaluation and Training Founder

Michelle Eisenberg, MPH RPT CIE (Specialty in Injury Risk Reduction)

Michelle Eisenberg, MPH RPT CIE founded Ergonomic Evaluation & Training in 1994. Ms. Eisenberg has more than 20 years of extensive global experience as a registered physical therapist, having treated injured workers in the USA and Southern Africa. Ms. Eisenberg earned a Bachelor of Science (Honors) Degree in Physiotherapy from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition, she earned a Masters’ Degree in Public Health, with an emphasis in occupational health and ergonomics, from San Diego State University.

This unique combination of expertise allows her to consider your company’s safety and health needs while addressing your ergonomic concerns. Ms. Eisenberg’s physical therapy background provides her with a complete understanding of your work force’s physical challenges, and after evaluation, strategies are recommended to reduce identified risk factors. Her unique background also enables her to facilitate your injured worker’s return to work.

Ms. Eisenberg has extensive teaching and training experience. This experience includes patient/injured worker training and rehabilitation, clinical teaching of physical therapy students, and post-graduate teaching of physical therapists in special areas of treatment. It also includes formal ergonomic training. In 1994 she established the only graduate level ergonomic class offered south of Los Angeles, at the Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University. Ms. Eisenberg was appointed part time faculty and instructed the course annually and then bi-annually. The class was a requirement of the Master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene. This program is currently on hold at the university.

Ms. Eisenberg is the Course Chair for OSHA 2255 Principles of Ergonomics offered by USDOL/OSHA Training Institute, Region IX Education Center, University of California at San Diego. She has been an instructor for OSHA 2255 Principles of Ergonomics and OSHA 7000 OSHA's Ergonomics Guidelines for Safe Patient Handling classes since 1995. She has also taught for Region VIII Rocky Mountain Education Center, Denver, CO. Ms. Eisenberg has taught for the Defense Conversion Training Programs, Occupational and Environmental Health Division, Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, and the Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety Management, College of Extended Studies, San Diego State University.

Ms. Eisenberg’s many areas of expertise include ergonomic program design, job-site analysis, workstation design, musculoskeletal injury prevention (including cumulative trauma disorder and occupational back injury), facilitation of the injured worker’s return to work, and all levels of worker training. Her customized training programs are specifically designed to improve worker form and promote worker knowledge of ergonomics. These programs have been responsible for reducing work-related injuries. After training workers are able to problem-solve their work tasks and make informed decisions regarding the performance of activity with reduced risk.

Ms. Eisenberg was the consulting ergonomist for CP Kelco in its quest to gain CalOSHA VPP (Voluntary Protection Program) certification. This was awarded on May 11, 2001. At that time CP Kelco was the 18th company in California and the first in San Diego County to become a CalOSHA VPP Star Site. This certification was renewed on May 25, 2005. She continues to consult for CP Kelco.

Ms. Eisenberg is also a Certified Industrial Ergonomist (CIE) with a Specialty in Injury Risk Reduction.  This is a Specialty Certification Area in Ergonomics earned from the Oxford Research Institute (ORI).  The ORI is a multidisciplinary technical ergonomic certification and accreditation organization that facilitates multidisciplinary applications of Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering.

Ms. Eisenberg is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, South African Society of Physiotherapy, the Ergonomics Society, and is an honorary life member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

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