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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.


Monday, November 03, 2014

Does OSHA Enforce Ergonomics?

OSHA, Ergonomic Standards, and Playing Chicken

OSHA has no rules set specifically for ergonomic requirements. Ergonomic devices are often viewed as a luxury, not a necessity, but for employees who have very repetitive-aspect jobs, ergonomics can potentially prevent eventual injury caused by repetitive motion.

But due to this lack of specific standards, it is not typical for OSHA to cite a workplace for something approximating a lack of appropriate, possibly ergonomic, devices. It is often nonspecific and difficult to prove not only a need, but that the lack violates any existing rule. But Wayne Farms, a poultry plant in Alabama, was recently cited for exposing workers to musculoskeletal safety and health hazards and were fined over a hundred thousand dollars.  >> Find out how this happened

Speaking of chicken…

Food Safety Summit serves Tainted Chicken

Perhaps showing us what not to do, by serving up an example?  >> Read what happened

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