Farheen S. Khan, Ph.D.

Director, Human Factors / Chicago

Background

Dr. Khan holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Her Masters and Doctoral work focused on the study of human behavior and risk perception and their effect on accident causation. She has extensive experience with assisting clients in understanding risk perception, human error, and risk-taking behavior in product liability, workplace accidents, transportation accidents and premises accidents.

Dr. Khan has designed and evaluated warning labels, safety instructions, operator manuals, as well as safety program documentation for major manufacturers and organizations. She has also written and evaluated safety program documents, assessed the risk of injury from operations, performed numerous safety audits, analyzed injury and illness data, investigated accidents to provide guidance on injury reduction of state run facilities for the State of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin as well as major corporations.

Dr. Khan has conducted numerous investigations with issues related to OSHA/MSHA compliance; premises liability; product design; ergonomics; alarms and sounds; warning label design; adequacy of warnings, instructions, and training; product/equipment use/misuse; heavy construction equipment design/operation/use; construction site accidents; industrial and occupational safety; transportation and utility accidents; train accidents; warehouse operations; and loading docks. She has extensive experience in evaluation of accidents related to visibility and conspicuity; fatigue and stress; illumination and contrast; workload and work schedules; decision making; attention and distraction; human response to alarms, fires, and emergencies; human error and risk-taking behavior; perception-reaction time; and driver behavior.

Dr. Khan is a voting member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) for the International Organization of Standardization’s (ISO) committees for 1) Public Information Symbols (ISO TC 145 SC 1); 2) Safety Identification, Signs, Shapes, Symbols and Colors (ISO TC 145 SC 2); and 3) Graphic Symbols for Use on Equipment (ISO TC 145 SC 3). She is a liaison for the ISO committee for Earth Moving Machinery (ISO TC 127 SC 3). She is a voting member of ISO’s joint committee for Off-Road Vehicles and Industrial Trucks for Lighting, Signaling and Marking Lights, and Reflex-Reflector Devices (ISO TC 127 SC 3 JWG 11) as well as ISO’s committee on Coordination and registration of graphical symbols for use on equipment (ISO TC 145 SC 3 WG 1). Dr. Khan is a member of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) where she participates in planning continuing education for heavy equipment manufacturers in the areas of safety and human factors.

Education and Certifications

  • Industrial and Systems Engineering, Ph.D.: University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering, M.S.: University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Industrial Engineering, B.S.: University of Wisconsin, Madison