Harold Ehrlich Industrial Engineer & Product Design Expert

Harold Ehrlich, Industrial Engineer & Product Design Expert

Harry has worked as an Industrial Engineer since 1978. He has held positions of increasing responsibility within industry and has been responsible for the design and manufacture of consumer products, as well as commercial and industrial equipment.

Harry has had extensive experience in the area of compliance with safety standards. He has worked closely with Underwriters Laboratories, Canadian Standards Association, as well as overseas safety agencies. Harry has been responsible for product development, product testing and Quality Control. Harry has a background in Human Factors and has worked in the development of warnings and safety instructions.

As an Industrial Engineer, Harry's manufacturing activities have required him to concentrate on factory floor safety. Harry has a broad background in machine guarding, industrial safeguards, personal protective equipment, training and supervision. Harry has carried out his responsibilities for industrial safety as directed by OSHA regulations.

Harry is a member of The American Society for Testing and Materials, where he sits on the F15.22 Subcommittee on Toy Safety and actively participates in the Standard Consumer Safety Specification on Toy Safety, an American National Standard. He also sits on ASTM Subcommittee F08.30 Fitness Products: Treadmill Task Group ASTM F2115 Standard Specification for Motorized Treadmills.

The widely circulated publication Popular Woodworking has published an article by Harry on workshop safety.

Professional Experience

Robson Forensic, Inc.


1999 to present

Provide technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony towards the resolution of litigation involving product liability, mechanical, industrial and construction accidents.

W.O. Thomas and Company, Inc.

Former Vice President Engineering

1996 to 1999

Responsibilities include new product development, warnings and safety instructions, managing projects, and implementing improvements in various manufacturing environments.

Farberware, Inc.

appliance and cookware manufacturer
Assistant Vice President Technical Services

1995 to 1996

Responsible for Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Design Engineering, and Quality Control. Responsible for certification and compliance with Underwriters Laboratories, as well as investigation of all product failures. Additional duties included manufacturing responsibility for Asian subcontractors. Objectives included new product development, product design, warnings and safety instructions, cost reduction for existing products, plant layout, assembly line balancing, review of processes and procedures, development of manufacturing flow diagrams, product costing, development of a system to measure plant efficiency, and special projects. Project work included technical support to customers and consumers.

Kaz, Inc.

health care appliances manufacturer
Vice President Manufacturing

1987 to 1995

Responsible for all manufacturing departments including injection and blow molding, production manufacturing, maintenance, materials, purchasing, quality control, consumer service, and personnel. Responsibilities included new product development, product design, warnings and safety instructions, and the investigation and disposition of all product failure cases. As Compliance Manager, responsibilities included certification and compliance with Underwriters Laboratories, Canadian Standards Association, and TUV (Europe).

Inverness Corporation

plastic appliances, jewelry, and cosmetics
Manager Industrial Engineering

1985 to 1987

Responsible for industrial/manufacturing engineering functions. Specific areas of responsibility included upgrading methods and equipment, new product development, product design, and establishing a system of engineering documentation. Additional duties included the supervision of maintenance personnel and plant/warehouse layout.

Mattel Toys

high volume toy manufacturer
Senior Industrial Engineer

1982 to 1985

Broad areas of responsibility included development of manufacturing concepts, product design, production tooling, assembly methods, and labor standards. Specific duties included assembly line balancing, line and plant layout, work station design, and equipment justification. Additional duties included the training and supervision of engineers, all rework originating from off shore facilities, and warehouse/distribution projects.

Swank Incorporated

leather goods manufacturer
Senior Industrial Engineer

1981 to 1982

Duties included methods engineering, establishing labor standards, plant layout, equipment justification, and cost reduction.

Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Group

aircraft engine manufacturerIndustrial Engineer

1978 to 1981

Duties included methods engineering, establishing labor standards, and equipment justification.

HSBA Industries, Inc.

store fixtures and store perimeters
Assistant to Plant Manager

1971 to 1974

Responsible for design drafting, selection of custom fabrications, and coordination of construction projects. Duties included creating shop drawings from architects' drawings and specifications.


B.S., Engineering, cum laude, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 1978

Memberships and Affiliations

  • ASTM Subcommittee F08.30 Fitness Products: Treadmill Task Group ASTM F2115 Standard Specification for Motorized Treadmills, 2021
  • ASTM Subcommittee F15.74 Weighted Blankets: Work Group on Weighted Blankets, Development of New Standard, Warnings and Instructions Task Group, Scope Task Group, 2019
  • ANSI Z315.1: Work Group on American National Standard for Tricycles – Safety Requirements and Warnings, 2011
  • ASTM Subcommittee F15.22 Toy Safety: ASTM F963 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, Voting Member, 2001 to present


Ehrlich, H., "Machine Guarding 101," Common Defense, A Member Publication of Kentucky Defense Council, Inc., Fall/Winter 2017

Ehrlich, H. & Winter, L., “The Essence of Workshop Safety,” Popular Woodworking Magazine, April 2006

v. 07/9/21

Related Resources

See All of Harry's Published Content

Treadmills & Children: Entrapment Injuries

By Harold Ehrlich
Expert Overview

Treadmill entrapment injuries have been long-known and continue to make headlines today. These incidents can be prevented by the implementation of a relatively simple fixed barrier guard, which has…

Trash Compactor Entrapment

By Harold Ehrlich
Expert Article

In this article, industrial engineer, Harry Ehrlich provides a brief technical synopsis of an incident he was retained to investigate involving an apartment building trash compactor. In this case, an…

Machine Guarding 101- A Forensic Expert Overview

By Harold Ehrlich
Expert Article

The experts at Robson Forensic investigate many industrial mishaps to understand how they occurred and who is liable. The results of these incidents are gruesome, sometimes deadly, and often…