Team of Consultants: Patricia Robinson
Dr. Patricia A. Robinson
Dr. Patricia A. Robinson brings more than 35 years of experience in product safety consulting and training to the Clarion Safety team, particularly in the area of warnings and instructions. She is the author of “Writing and Designing Manuals and Warnings” (4th edition), as well as other books and articles.
Pat has helped more than one hundred national and international companies improve their warnings and instructions, addressing safety issues in a wide variety of consumer and industrial products ranging from infant car seats to high-wall coal-mining machines. She brings a unique blend of skills and experience to her consulting. She began her work in instructions and warnings on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering.
In addition to developing a curriculum and teaching technical communication courses, she helped develop the UW’s Technical Communication Certificate program for continuing education courses in technical communication, including product documentation – and served as its first program director. She continues to lecture regularly at product safety conferences and seminars.
Pat has also provided expert testimony by deposition and at trial in product liability cases involving allegations of failure to warn or failure to provide adequate instructions. She is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, IEEE, and the ANSI Z535.6 subcommittee, the standards that focuses on product safety information in product manuals, instructions, and other collateral materials.