OSHA Compliance

Five New Rules to be ruled Out by OSHA and Ergonomics is not One of Them

Five New Rules to be ruled Out by OSHA and Ergonomics is not One of Them
In order to improve work place safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to roll out five new rules. However, a rule for curbing ergonomic injuries is not going to be one of them. OSHA has been handing out forms to employers for reporting safety ailments and job health. Interestingly, this form does not even have a separate column for ergonomic ailments.

The five new rules covered by OSHA include general working conditions for shipyards, confined spaces at construction sites, hazard communications, electric power transmissions and standards improvement.

The OSHA staffers said, “We also anticipate publishing finals for several whistle blower regulations. In addition, we estimate publishing a proposed rule for silica”. They did not, however, part with any details. OSHA announced a rule for curbing ergonomic injuries after a decade of work and delays due to business pressure. These injuries include sprains, repetitive motion injuries, thrown out backs due to heavy lifting, strains, etc. They total up to hundreds of thousands yearly.

OSHA also plans to alter its hazard communications standard. The agency wants to get illnesses and injury data out to the workers and public quickly. It also wants employers to communicate work related hazards to workers more clearly to workers.

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