Mar. 18, 2014 – Ninica (Niki) Howard, Senior Researcher at SHARP, Occupational Injuries in Washington State

by Gary Fast on March 7, 2014

Niki-Howard-headshotNinica (Niki) Howard has been an occupational health and safety researcher with the SHARP Program (Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention) for the past 16 years.  The SHARP Program is unique among occupational research groups in that its research activities are driven by the workers’ compensation injury data of Washington State, providing a regional focus.  Ninica’s area of expertise is in the identification and control of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs).  While her primary focus for the past 6 years has been the prevention of injuries to healthcare providers, she has conducted field research in other industries including manufacturing, construction and agriculture.  Ninica has also been involved in occupational policy development including the Hospital Safe Patient Handling Law and the ANA Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Interprofessional National Standards.  She was the coordinator of the disbanded Washington State Safe Patient Handling Steering Committee and is in the process of establishing the Safe Patient Handling and Movement Roundtable Group.  She sits on the board of the American Association of Safe Patient Handling & Movement.

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