This past February, OSHA released a "working draft" outlining potential requirements to be included in an ergonomics standard. The agency intends to publish a formal proposal this fall, with an eye toward issuing final rules covering workplace ergonomics next year.
That’s probably an overly optimistic schedule, but it pays to be prepared. Job-related musculoskeletal disorders are a widespread, persistent problem that sooner or later is likely to be addressed by a standard. With that in mind, Industrial Safety & Hygiene News is offering this step-by-step analysis of OSHA’s draft requirements.