Research into the preparedness of Company XYZ for the implementation of the proposed OSHA ergonomic standard
Dillon, Cassandra M.
University of Wisconsin--Stout
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OSHA is proposing an ergonomic standard to help employers address ergonomic hazards in the workplace. Ergonomics is currently, covered under the general duty clause, which stipulates that employers must provide a safe workplace free from recognized hazards. The purpose of this study was to measure the preparedness of Company XYZ for the implementation of the new proposed standard. The significance of this study is that Musculoskeletal Disorders account for one third of the occupational injuries reported to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. OSHA estimated that ergonomic programs that were developed in house already protect over 50 percent of all employees and 28 percent of the work place in general industry. In this study, Company XYZ had some of the major components of the ergonomic program currently in place. A lot of the current policies were not recognized as potential ergonomical interventions to the operators and/or management. Company XYZ has several job functions that must be addressed before this standard can be fully implemented. These job functions will pose the greatest impact to the company as far as ergonomics is concerned. This company will need to educate the employees with the impact of ergonomics to the workforce in order to reach full compliance with the standard.