Dr Richard Graveling

Principal Ergonomics Consultant

Dr Graveling has the benefit of over 30 years of experience of work as an ergonomist and is a Fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.

In his time at the IOM, musculoskeletal disorders, in particular back injuries from manual handling and work-related upper limb disorders, have formed a major focus of both his research (including studies into the epidemiology of both back pain and upper limb disorders) and consultancy activities. 

On manual handling, he was a member of an ad hoc advisory group providing assistance to the HSE before the Manual Handling Regulations and guidance were formulated (including helping to construct the numerical guidelines).  He has also carried out research for the HSE, evaluating current scientific knowledge regarding manual handling training.  This work was used in revising the HSE guidelines on the Manual Handling Regulations (2004, see Guidance Note 198). 

His work in relation to ULDs is equally comprehensive.  He had primary responsibility for the development of an early risk-assessment tool for industrial settings on behalf of the HSE (Graveling et al, 1990) and was a leading member of the research team who carried out a major epidemiological survey of work-related upper limb disorders in the office environment, again with HSE funding (Hanson et al, 1999). He was the only ergonomist on a Royal College of Physicians working party which prepared evidence-based guidelines on the management of selected upper limb disorders in the workplace. His team was also responsible for investigating the incidence of ill-health (particularly ULDs and other MSDs) amongst office workers, on behalf of the HSE.


  • Principal Ergonomics Consultant
  • Office: +44 (0) 131 449 8039
  • Mobile: +44 (0) 7818 426 620
  • Email: richard.graveling@iom-world.org
  • Mail Address: IOM, Research Avenue North, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP