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Dr Richard Graveling

Richard is Principal Ergonomist at IOM, and is a Fellow of the Chartrered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (FCIEHF). With over 30 years of research experience, Richard is one of the most senior researchers in the IOM and has acted as an authoritative advisor to government departments on a number of occasions.  He also has extensive experience as an expert witness in the UK courts where he is often called upon to evaluate, summarise and present research knowledge to a non-scientific audience. 

Contact Details:


  • BSc Physiology/Chemistry (1st Class Joint Honours)
  • MSc by research
  • PhD by research

Committee and Society Memberships:

  • Felllow, Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF)
  • Member British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS)
  • Member of a number of British, European and International Standards Working Groups

Research Interests:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Ergonomics of PPE
  • Heat stress/strain
  • Stress and Mental wellbeing at work.

Selected Publications:

Crawford JO, Graveling RA. (2012). Non-cancer occupational health risks in firefighters. Occupational Medicine; 62: 485-495. 

Graveling R. (2013). The ergonomics of personal protective equipment.  Safety Management; April: 24-26. 

Nazari J, Pope MH, Graveling RA. (2015). Feasibility of Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in obtaining nucleus pulposus (NP) water content with changing postures.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging; 17th January 2015 (epub ahead of print). 

Winski TA, Crawford JO, Graveling RA, Lansdown T, Walker G.(2015). The sources of risk to health associated with new technologies in the office environment.  In: Sharples  S, Shorrock S, Waterson P. (eds). Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2015: Proceedings of the International Conference on Ergonomics & Human Factors 2015, Daventry, Northamptonshire, UK, 13-16 April 2015. London: CRC Press: 299-304.  

Hunter AL, Shah ASV, Langrish JP, Raftis JB, Lucking AJ, Brittan M,Venkatasubramanian S, Stables CL,Stelzle D, Marshall J, Graveling R, Flapan AD, Newby DE, Mills NL. (2017). Fire Simulation and Cardiovascular Health in Firefighters. Circulation; 135:1284-1295.