Large Herd Dairy Milking Parlors:

Exposure Characterization & Intervention Analysis

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and University of Iowa

June 19, 2019 


Presented By:

David I Douphrate, PhD, MPT, MBA, CPE, CSP 

(​SWCOEH - UTHealth )

Nate Fethke, PhD, CPE

(Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety - University of Iowa)

Webinar Details


During this webinar, learners will be presented with working realities inside large-herd dairy milking parlors, contributing factors to the development of musculoskeletal disorders, and how direct measurement research techniques are being used to characterize physical risk factors and evaluate interventions in these challenging working environments. 

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe differences in workplace designs of large-herd milking parlors

  • Identify how direct measurement techniques are being used to characterize risk factors
    among workers

  • Recognize the administrative and engineering controls that are being evaluated using direct measurement research techniques



Certificates of Attendance with 0.1 CEU contact hour for this webinar is provided by the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at UTHealth.  Attendees shall pre-register and attend the webinar for the entire 60 minute session.  Distribution of certificates will be provided by email within one week after the event.  Contact your certification provider with questions about applying contact hours for continuing education maintenance, or for more information.


David Douphrate, PhD, MPT, MBA, CPE, CSP is an Associate Professor in the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences at the UTHealth School of Public Health in San Antonio. Dr. Douphrate earned a PhD in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO. Dr. Douphrate also holds a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX, and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX. Dr. Douphrate earned his BS degree in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University. Dr. Douphrate is a Certified Professional Ergonomist and Safety Professional. His research and outreach focus for the past 18 years has been concentrated in the dairy industry. Dr. Douphrate has served as principal investigator on several dairy-related research projects, and has partnered with two NIOSH-funded agricultural health and safety research centers (High Plains and Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, and Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education) to address worker health and safety on dairy farms.


Dr. Nate Fethke is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa, where he directs the Ergonomics Training Program within the NIOSH-funded Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety. He also holds secondary faculty appointments in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Industrial & Systems Engineering. In addition to his role with the Heartland Center, Dr. Fethke is Associate Director of the NIOSH-funded Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest at the University of Iowa and Washington University in St. Louis. His research interests include theoretical and practical considerations for the use of direct measurement methods to assess the physical demands of work, as well as the epidemiology of musculoskeletal outcomes among working people. He has led several NIOSH-funded projects focused on the construction, agriculture, and manufacturing industries, and he collaborates with Dr. David Douphrate on a series of dairy-related ergonomics research initiatives.

Special Thanks to Our ERC Partners at the SWCOEH and Heartland COHS