OSHA's ergo plan marks anniversary
Draft guidelines for retail grocery stores are expected to be available for public comment shortly, and OSHA has begun drafting guidelines for the poultry industry and ship builders.
Regarding enforcement, OSHA has settled two enforcement cases by reaching agreement with companies to correct ergonomic hazards. Four General Duty Clause citations for ergonomic hazards have been issued recently; several others are in progress.
A National Emphasis Program (NEP) for the nursing home industry was announced in July 2002; it includes special focus on ergonomic hazards. OSHA has conducted 388 inspections under the NEP. One-hundred-three ergonomics inspections were conducted in industries other than nursing homes.