An advisory committee with representatives from government, industry, and academia. The committee explores safety and health matters when using exoskeletons in the workplace.


Meeting information

The committee does not meet regularly, and meetings usually occur via phone or web conferencing. If you're interested in participating, please contact

Meeting summaries

Feb. 21, 2018, phone meeting
April 23, 2018, phone meeting
June 27, 2018, online meeting
Dec. 11, 2018, online meeting

Committee Members

Chris Reid, PhD, Boeing Environment Health & Safety
Catherine Trask, PhD, Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, University of Saskatchewan
Delia Treaster, PhD, CPE, Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation
Donald Peterson, PhD, College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, Northern Illinois University
Jim Lin, PhD, CPE, Labor & Industries, SHARP
June Spector, MD, MPH, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and Medicine, University of Washington
Keith Osborne, CEAS, CWS, Seattle City Light
Kendra Betz, MSPT, ATP, National Center for Patient Safety, Veterans Affairs
Matt Marino, PT, MSPT, CPE, CWcHP, CSCS, TSAC‑F, CPT, SFMA, FMS, Briotix Health
Ornwipa Thamsuwan, PhD, Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, University of Saskatchewan
Pete Johnson, PhD, Occupational and Environmental Exposure Sciences, University of Washington
Rich Gardner, MS, PE, CPE, Boeing Research & Technology
Rick Goggins, CPE, Labor & Industries, DOSH
Sarah Martin, OTR/L, Labor & Industries, Return to Work Partnerships
Stephen Bao, PhD, CPA, CCPE, Labor & Industries, SHARP
William Billotte, PhD, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Vice Chairman ASTM F48 Committee on Exoskeletons and Exosuits

Committee Documents

The first issue that the committee discussed was the use of exoskeletons to return injured workers to their jobs. The following documents summarize that work.

Position Statement: Industrial Exoskeletons and Return to Work
Process for Considering and Deploying Industrial Exoskeletons for Return to Work
Research Questions: Industrial Exoskeletons and Return to Work