Service: External profession

A summary of external service engagement.


Technical Standards and Safety Authority, Consumer Advisory Council, Amusement Devices Advisory Council, 2004-present. Instigated creation of Graduate Scholarship for research relevant to TSSA’s regulated sectors.

ASTM International, Committee F24 (Amusement ride safety standards), 2006-present; Executive Committee

AIMS International (Amusement attraction safety education), Board of Directors

Past (memberships may be current)

International Association of Amusement Parks and AttractionsGlobal Safety Committee

Canadian Standards Association, Committee Z1005 (Incident investigation and prevention), 2015 to present

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) Advisory Committee on enhancing opportunities for post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities in science and technology related fields.

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Scholarship Committee, 2007-2009

Ontario Service Safety Alliance, Board, Director, 2006-2007

Centennial College of Applied Arts & Technology, Governor,1999-2005.

Minerva Canada Ontario working committee, 1998-2000

Council of Regents, Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology; Member, 1992–1994; member, Governance Committee. Council advises Ontario Minister of Education and Training on issues pertaining to Ontario’s 23 Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology, and appoints governors for the colleges.

Ontario College Standards and Accreditation Council (CSAC), Chair, 1993–1994; established to develop, implement, and maintain standards for general knowledge, generic skills, and program standards for publicly-funded post-secondary programs in Ontario’s 23 community colleges.

Canadian Standards Association, Member, Technical Committee on Work Injuries, developing Z795 for reporting work injury; representing Human Factors Association of Canada, 1992–1994

Ontario Hospital Association (Health Care Occupational Health and Safety Association), Director, 1984-1990; Chair, Hazardous Substances Committee, 1984-1990; Toronto region hospitals’ Occupational Health and Safety Forum, Chair, 1986-1988

Hospitals’ Negotiating Team for Central Bargaining (Ontario) with Canadian Union of Public Employees; Member, 1989-1990

Human Factors Association of Canada
Executive Council 1980-83; organized 1984 Annual Meeting (arrangements)

Centenary Hospital Committees, e.g., Building and Property Committee (staff liaison to Board), Executive Committee, Occupational Health and Safety Committee (management co-chair), Transition Committee (Birch Wing expansion), Infection Control Committee.

Centennial Hospital Linen Service, Board of Directors 1981-1990.

University of Waterloo Engineering Society, Publicity Director, Enginews staff, Delegate to Canadian Congress of Engineering Students (1977, 1978) and Co-Chair of APEO student conference 1978.

Author: Kathryn Woodcock

Dr. Kathryn Woodcock is Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University, teaching, researching, and consulting in the area of human factors engineering / ergonomics particularly applied to amusement rides and attractions (, and to broader occupational and public safety issues of performance, error, investigation and inspection, and to disability and accessibility.