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J. Paul Frantz | Faculty

J. Paul Frantz

Lecturer: Industrial and Operations Engineering

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Short Bio

Paul Frantz is a Senior Consultant at Applied Safety and Ergonomics, Inc. and a co-founder of that firm in 1994.  His research, consulting activities, and teaching address a wide variety of issues and applications in human factors/ergonomics, product and occupational safety, and warnings and instructions. Since 1993, he has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan, teaching product and occupational safety management. He also serves on the Advisory Board at the IOE Department's Center for Ergonomics.

Dr. Frantz has authored numerous empirical and applied publications on the subject of warnings, risk communication, and human performance in the context of product safety including consumer, industrial, automotive, and marine products. He is Vice-Chairman of ANSI Z535, the committee that develops national standards for warning signs, labels, symbols, and messages in manuals. For more than 20 years, Dr. Frantz has served as the American Society of Safety Engineers’ representative on the ANSI Z535 committee. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) and Certified Product Safety Manager (C.P.S.M.), and he holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.


  • Product and occupational safety
  • Human factors engineering/ergonomics
  • Warnings and risk communication
  • Accident investigation and reconstruction