Vern Putz Anderson, Ph.D., CPE is currently a public health advisor at NIOSH. Trained in experimental psychology at the University of Wisconsin, his current interest is in the prevention of injuries and illnesses of employees in the Wholesale and Retail Trade sector. Prior to this, he conducted laboratory and worksite studies examining the impact of risk factors on performance and health outcomes. Dr. Anderson led a team of researchers in the development of the NIOSH Revised Lifting Equation. He has published in the areas of behavioral toxicology and the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. Dr. Anderson can be reached at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at vanderson (at) cdc (dot) gov.