Open Access Articles

December 13, 2011

IMPORTANT CORRECTION and UPDATE: Safe Patient Handling Law Signed by California Governor

We previously reported that the start of enforcement for California's new Safe Patient Handling law, AB 1136, Hospital Patient and Health Care Worker Injury Protection Act, would not occur until January 2013. However, that was incorrect; the actual enforcement start date is January 1, 2012, just weeks from now. In this article, Peter Budnick revisits AB 1136, correcting the start date error, reviewing several points of confusion in the language of the law, and provides a concise, point-by-point summary of the law's key requirements.
December 6, 2011

Evolution of an Ergonomics Process Success Story

This article, which was originally published in The Ergonomics Report, reviews the evolution of an ergonomics process that was developed and promoted internally by Keith Osborne, a Honeywell HSE specialist. The process took some years to build, and Osborne shares how he won early successes that were used to gain management support and grow the benefits and value of ergonomics, and how he leveraged success to continuously improve and grow the process. The program now produces a significant ROI, helped gain the site OSHA VPP Star status, and has been adopted as a Honeywell best practice.
October 10, 2011

Report on Musculoskeletal disorders in the European Union

The 2010 Report on Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the European Union highlights the current state of Occupational Health and Safety as well as a number of trends in the risk profiles for member states. This article summarizes some of the findings collected over the past two decades and builds on previous EU-OSHA reports.
August 3, 2011

Cost Benefits and ROIs from Ergonomics

If ergonomics is seen as a cost, many will reject it. If it is seen as an improvement opportunity with measurable gains, many will embrace it. This article points to cost-benefit analysis tools that can help you prove the value of ergonomics to others.
August 2, 2011

Evidence: Investing in Adjustable Workstations Produces Healthy ROI

This article, reprinted from The Ergonomics Report, summarizes an internal corporate study of 6200 financial services call center staff found that over a three-year period employees in non-adjustable workstations had 5-times more injuries and 20 times more Worker Compensation injury costs, as compared to employees in user-adjustable workstations. Furthermore, the non-adjustable workstations had higher costs associated with routine moves and making ergonomic adjustments.
April 21, 2011

Michigan Fights Workplace Ergonomics

Workplace ergonomics takes a beating in the USA State of Michigan as the legislature and governor pass a new law prohibiting the promulgation of ergonomics related workplace standards. Is it time for the ergonomics community to finally put politics aside and focus on proving our value to society?
September 29, 2004

California Bans Hand Weeding

In an attempt to reduce injuries associated with pulling weeds, California bans hand-weeding by farm workers.
September 6, 2004

Poultry Processing Guidelines Finalized

OSHA stresses management, employee involvement and training in its third set of industry-specific voluntary ergonomics guidelines.
August 18, 2004

Government Regrouping May Downplay Workplace Safety

The CDC's reorganization plans leave groups wondering how occupational safety and health will be impacted.
May 28, 2004

OSHA Releases Final Grocery Guidelines

More than a year after the draft set of guidelines was released, OSHA's finalized grocery guidelines hit the shelves.
April 7, 2004

Michigan Group Wants to Halt Potential State Ergonomics Standard

NFIB begins a lobbying campaign to stop a potential Michigan ergonomics standard before it ever starts.
February 1, 2004

Can OSHA’s Commitment Be Deemed

Too often, ergonomics is mistaken as simply another tool for injury prevention as it is with OSHA's involvement.
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