Ergonomics

General Requirements
Supervisors must be reasonable in expectations of employees doing lifting or other activities that might cause the employee injury. For employees working in office-like environments, supervisors need to make certain that the employee understands the good work practices that will help prevent repetitive stress disorders.

Regulation
At this time, there is no specific OSHA regulation addressing Ergonomics, but employers are cited under the general duty clause for not providing a safe work environment.

Keys to Compliance for Supervisors

Frequently-Asked Questions

Q. What is the Supervisor’s responsibility in avoiding ergonomic injuries to employees?
A. The supervisor should not expect an employee to lift more than his/her capabilities; the supervisor should request assistance from EHS in assessing the employee’s work practices, the physical tools to be used, and the general work environment to prevent ergonomic injuries.

Links to Written Programs, Further Information
ehs.iu.edu/topics/occupational-safety/ergonomics.shtml

 

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