Ron Porter, Director, PT, CEAS III
Ronald W. Porter is a nationally recognized expert in the field of Occupational Safety and Health, and Ergonomics.
In the past 38 years, since becoming Director of the Back School, he has instructed over 1000 workshops and seminars on Ergonomics Awareness and Musculoskeletal Disorder Prevention to physical and occupational therapists; medical doctors; chiropractors; occupational health nurses; industrial health and safety professionals; employee health and human resource professionals; and insurance claims managers.
Ron has worked with over 350 companies, including Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; US Foods; Mars Incorporated; E.I. Du Pont; DS Services; Shell Oil; International Paper; WestRock; A-dec Dental; Patterson Dental: Arizona Public Service Company; Association of California Water Agencies/Joint Powers Insurance Agency and the United States Navy; consulting on the development and implementation of innovative ergonomics programs for both individual plant sites and entire corporations.
He was chosen as the 2012 ASSE Ergonomics Practice Specialty Safety Professional of the Year, one of the 50 Most Influential People in Workers’ Compensation by the 2014 SEAK National Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference and received a 2016 President’s Award presented by the ASSE.
His recent presentations include:
The 2007 - 2017 and 2019 American Society of Safety Professionals Professional Development Conferences • The 2018 & 2019 Applied Ergonomics Conference • March 2018 Webinar for the American Association of Hand Therapists • The 2016 Region IV ASSE Professional Development Conference • The 1995 – 2005 and 2011 American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Annual Conferences • The 2010 and 2018 National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition • SEAK Annual National Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conferences in 2005 – 2007 and 2013 • March 2010 national webinar on the Aging Workforce for the ASSE Virtual Classroom.
His Bachelor of Science degree is from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and his Graduate Degree in Physical Therapy from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, American Society of Safety Professionals, the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.