Tag: ergonomics

OSHA Cites Ohio Food Warehouse for Ergonomics Hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Martin-Brower Co. LLC, a Fairfield, Ohio, food services warehouse, for exposing its employees to ergonomic hazards, the agency announced January 19. Although there’s no federal ergonomics standard—a Clinton administration ergonomics rule was rescinded by Congress in 2001—OSHA cites employers for ergonomics hazards using its authority under […]

Back to Basics: Best of 2023

As the year comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of our highlights from 2023. Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite Back to Basics articles from this year. Demolition Safety Demolition is a dangerous process that yields many worker injuries and fatalities. According to OSHA, the hazards of demolition work can be […]

Safety Council Releases New Ergonomics Research

According to research findings from the National Safety Council (NSC), investments in technology to reduce workplace musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) can improve both worker well-being and an organization’s bottom line, the NSC announced October 4. However, employers may not have the access and knowledge they need to effectively assess and implement risk-reducing technologies, according to the […]

Ergonomics: Controlling the Costs of Musculoskeletal Disorders

Do you have effective ergonomics interventions in place at your facilities or worksites? How much are musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) costing you? Ergonomic hazards are among the costliest workplace hazards, according to Liberty Mutual’s latest Workplace Safety Index (WSI). “Overexertion involving outside sources” (lifting heavy loads) tops the insurer’s WSI­. Overexertion injuries collectively cost employers $12.84 […]

OSHA Cites Texas Poultry Plant for Ergonomics Hazards

On September 18, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it cited Holmes Foods Inc., a Nixon, Texas, poultry processor, for ergonomics hazards. OSHA cited Holmes Foods for five serious safety and health violations that also included failure to provide required eye protection; not developing lockout/tagout procedures to prevent sudden machine start-ups; and failure […]

OSHA Cites NJ Amazon Warehouse for Ergonomics Violations

An Amazon warehouse in Logan Township, New Jersey, required employees to perform tasks leading to bodily stress that had caused or was likely to cause musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced August 3. OSHA cited Amazon for ergonomic hazards, proposing penalties totaling $15,625, and issued a Hazard Alert Letter regarding […]

Back to Basics: Remote Work Ergonomics

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine remote work standards and at-home ergonomics. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work became increasingly more common and has been incorporated into many organizations. Employees can now either work entirely from home, […]

NSC Awarding Grants for Ergonomics Research

On March 22, the National Safety Council (NSC) announced it is awarding $285,000 in grants to research promising safety solutions to reduce the instances of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) through two newly launched grant programs: the Research to Solutions (R2S) grant and MSD Solutions Pilot Grant 1.0. The grant programs are part of the NSC’s […]

Safety Council Holds Small Business Ergonomics Summit

In recognition of National Ergonomics Month, the National Safety Council’s (NSC) MSD Solutions Lab held its first-ever MSD Pledge: Small Business Summit to help employers of all sizes prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). The MSD Solutions Lab is supported by corporate contributions from Amazon.com Inc. The MSD Solutions Lab’s initiatives include an employer MSD Pledge and […]

100 Employers Join Safety Council’s Ergonomics Pledge

The National Safety Council (NSC) announced that 100 organizations have made commitments to address workplace musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Employers agreed to an MSD Pledge, launched in June by the NSC and Amazon.com Inc. The council’s MSD Solutions Lab developed the MSD Pledge to address what the NSC characterized as the most common workplace injury. Employers […]