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Michael Schumann , Ph.D., J.D.

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  • Professor


Contact Information

  • Department: School of Safety, Security and Emergency Management
  • Office: Occupational Safety Lab
  • Mailing Address: Stratton 250
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  • Phone: (859)622-5932



Ph.D. / University of Kentucky (2006)
J.D. / DePaul University College of Law (Concentration: Labor & Employment) (1991)
M.S. /Oregon State University (1981) & M.S. / Eastern Kentucky University (SSEM- exp. Dec 2015)
B.S. /Oregon State University (1979)


Dr. Michael Schumann is a tenured full professor at Easter Kentucky University in the Department of Safety, Security and Emergency Management (SSEM). He teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and was the driving force in designing and starting the undergraduate online Occupational Safety Program at EKU. Dr. Schumann’s typical courses include: safety management, process safety, safety metrics, ergonomics, legal aspects of fire protection and safety, hazard identification, principals of occupational safety & health legislation, workers compensation, labor law, and legislation/legal compliance. He is the past Program Coordinator of the Occupational Safety program.

Dr Schumann has a very broad background in the law and safety related fields. During and after college, Dr. Schumann worked over 12 years in the Meat Industry (holding such positions as production supervisor, Director of Quality Control, and for 8 1/2 years, as Director of Industrial Relations). After law school, and prior to co-founding his Richmond, Kentucky law firm, Dr. Schumann practiced law in Chicago, Illinois, concentrating in labor, employment, and workers' compensation law.

He has extensive experience with labor/management issues and has negotiated numerous collective bargaining agreements. He has worked with many unions, including the UFCW, Teamsters, UAW, IBEW, and Service Employees International Unions.

Dr. Schumann was General Counsel for a Tier I Japanese automotive stamping company for 5 years, with oversight responsibility for safety, environmental compliance and human resources.

He was the President of the Kentucky Safety & Health Network from 2008-2009. This group sponsors the Governor’s Conference on Health & Safety each year in Louisville, KY., as well as the KSHN Construction Conference. Dr. Schumann is also a Certified Safety & Health Manager (CSHM). He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Safety & Health Management (ISHM).

Dr. Schumann has extensive experience with both Federal and Kentucky OSHA, working with such issues as safety training, pre-inspection compliance, wall-to wall inspections, citations, administrative reviews and litigation. He is also an authorized instructor of Federal OSHA’s Training Institute Education Center at EKU, and former chair of the OTIEC construction courses.

Dr. Schumann has conducted well over 70 management training seminars, dealing with issues such as safety management; the Americans With Disabilities Act; the FMLA; workers compensation; and human resource issues. He has worked with such organizations as: United Airlines, Coca-Cola, Jewel Food Stores, The Chicago Bar Association, The Kentucky Bar Association, Kemper Insurance, Borg- Warner, EBI Insurance, Abbott Labs, Governor’s Conference on Safety and Health, the Kentucky Construction Conference, the Illinois Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association, the National Safety Congress/Expo., and one of the largest drug manufacturers in China, Zhejiang Medical Corporation, where his presentation topic was “Human Error & Reliability: A Systems Safety Approach to Human Error Reduction in Complex Systems.” (Xinchang, China). In the summer of 2013, he was invited by the Russian Ministry of Labor to speak on the topic of ANSI Z-10-2012 (Management Systems). Dr. Schumann has agreed to work with them for the next few years to implement it. He spoke in Irkutsk and Ulan Ude, Republic of Buryatia, Russian, a very large province in Siberia.

Dr. Schumann has published a number of articles and co-authored two textbooks, the first entitled: "Food Safety Law" and the second, "Legal Liabilities for Safety and Loss Prevention Professionals".  He was also the co-authored and instructor for the Human Resources Certification Program offered by EKU.


Subject  TitleDatesLocationTerm
OSH 379Construction Safety  Internet Classes Summer 2021
OSH 390Workers Compensation  Internet Classes Summer 2021
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