Open Access Articles

February 20, 2002

Essentials of an Occupational Ergonomics Program

Musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) prevention programs in the workplace, often called ergonomics programs, have been shown to lower business costs due to decreased lost time, decreased incidence of injury, and decreased workers' compensation costs.
February 8, 2002

New Ergo Regs Proposed in Alaska and Minnesota

California and Washington already have ergonomics standards on the books. With the Federal Government taking an apparent hiatus on ergonomics, some states are proposing their own regulations.
January 16, 2002

OSHA Settles With Beverly On Citations Related to Lifting Nursing Home Residents

Ending 10 years of litigation, Beverly Enterprises agreed to adopt specific ergonomic measures to reduce injuries to employees performing patient lifts. Beverly will withdraw its contest of the citations and OSHA will withdraw proposed penalties.
December 26, 2001

Control Strategies: Engineering, Administrative and PPE

The creation of control options depends on the experience and imagination of the analyst. Although specific solutions vary, there is a standard thought process that can be applied.
November 30, 2001

OSHA Revises Term “MSD” in New Recordkeeping Rule

In the settlement, OSHA explains that a case is work-related if, and only if, a work event or exposure is a discernible cause of the injury or illness.
November 28, 2001

New Standard for Ergonomics in Medical Device Design

ANSI and AAMI have released a new standard relating ergonomics and human factors to the design of medical devices.
September 22, 2000

Possible Outcomes for OSHA’s Proposed Ergonomics Standard

If OSHA's proposed ergonomics standard isn't confusing enough, try examining OSHA's task of implementing a new standard.
August 23, 2000

OSHA Accepting Proposals for $4.7 Million in Safety and Health Training Grants

Proposals are being accepted until Oct. 27 for $4.7 million in grants to nonprofit organizations for safety and health training under the Occupation Safety and Health Administration's Susan Harwood Training Grants program.
August 21, 2000

OSHA Protections Extended to Flight Attendants

A memorandum of understanding was recently signed between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offering new worker protection to flight attendants.
August 3, 2000

OSHA Finalizes Self-Audit Policy

Government safety inspectors will not routinely request that employers who voluntarily evaluate work sites for potential safety and health problems provide the findings to the government during safety and health inspections.
June 27, 2000

U.S. Senate Adds Amendment Prohibiting OSHA’s Proposed Ergo Standards

On June 22, the U.S. Senate voted 57-41 to adopt an amendment that prohibits OSHA from implementing the proposed ergonomics standards.
June 13, 2000

July 7 OSHA Ergonomics Hearing in Atlanta

The informal public hearing on the economic impact of the proposed ergonomics standard on state and local governments, the United States Postal Service and railroads scheduled to begin July 7, 2000, will be held in Atlanta, OSHA announced today.
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