Dr. Richard Wells
Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders
Dr. Richard Wells is an associate director and past director of the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD), a multi-university centre hosted at the University of Waterloo. He is also a professor emeritus in the Department of Kinesiology, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ont.
His research focuses on work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) of the upper limb and back, and translating best current knowledge into MSD prevention guidelines. He uses a number of approaches to looking at the problem including laboratory studies of hand function, workplace studies to quantify the demands of various jobs, ergonomic intervention studies to examine the process and effectiveness of changing the workplace, and epidemiological studies to link the work people perform and injuries and disorders that might result.
Wells has been involved in ergonomics standards and regulations with the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the United States, and in the Ontario Strategy for the Prevention of MSDs and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). He also acts as a consultant and speaker on ergonomics issues.