Presentation Title
Keeping aging workers safe and productive in the workplace
About the Presentation

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than one in five workers is over 55 years old and workers between 45 and 55 years old represent 44 percent of the workforce.
As the aging society progresses, the proportion of elderly workers will inevitably increase as well and keeping aging workers safe and productive in the workplace will be a great challenge for future safety professionals and employers.

In this session:

1. Importance of managing older workers safety and health will be discussed
2. Top safety risk factors that older workers face at their workplaces are identified
3. Steps to improve safety of older workers at workplace will be explained


Mehdi Khalighi, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, Millersville University

Presenter Biography

Dr. Mehdi Khalighi joined Millersville University in Fall 2014 as an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Safety and Environmental Health program at the Department of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology. Prior to joining Millersville, he served as Research Assistant at San Diego State University, where he conducted research studies in the area of Air Quality by conducting data analysis for air pollution in cross border commuting between US and Mexico. Prior to that Dr. Khalighi was working as Assistant Professor in Occupational Health and Safety at SBMU Medical University teaching Ergonomics and Safety courses. Dr. Khalighi holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering majoring in Thermo-Fluidics. He was working as Design Engineer at International Civil Aviation Organization prior to starting his graduate studies. Dr. Khalighi received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering majoring in Ergonomics and Safety from University of Utah and received his MPH degree in
Public Health majoring in Environmental Health and Safety from San Diego State University.

Dr. Khalighi’s area of specialization and research interests are Ergonomics, Safety, Human Factors/Engineering Psychology, Industrial Hygiene, Public Health, Environmental Health, and Air Quality.