Susan Shemanski Harrington is co-founder and President of Harrington Software Associates, Inc., a company specializing in developing innovative safety training solutions. Harrington has over 20 years experience conducting safety research and developing training. Her experience includes serving as the principal investigator for research grants funded by the National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Nursing Research, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
From 2003 until 2006, Harrington was principal investigator of the research grant, Occupational Safety & Health Training for Teleworkers, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The purpose of this research was to reduce the risk of occupational injury and illness to employees who telework, through the development and evaluation of a safety training curriculum. Harrington worked with a group of multidisciplinary experts to define and discuss the major occupational injury and illness prevention topics that affect home-based workers. The team developed a web-based training curriculum for teleworkers consisting of five modules. Module topics included —ergonomics, fire safety, electrical safety, indoor air quality, and accidents/security/disaster planning. Harrington evaluated the training program in a national field test with 380 teleworkers from 12 federal and state agencies and 42 private companies. The study demonstrated that safety training can significantly improve the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of teleworkers. More importantly, when teleworkers received safety training, they made positive changes to their home offices and work habits that improved their safety and reduced work-related discomfort. Visit http://www.teleworktrainer.com for additional information.
Harrington is currently the principal investigator of a Phase II grant on the topic of emergency preparedness, funded by the National Institute on Aging. Her research articles have appeared in Journal of Safety Research, Fire Technology, Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, Nurse Education Today, Educational Gerontology, and Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. She received a MS in Fire Protection Engineering in 1996 from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.