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.
To help you see where OSHA is heading, Industrial Safety & Hygiene News is offering this step-by-step analysis of OSHA's draft requirements. The April issue discussed the scope of the standard (who's covered); Step 1 - Management Leadership & Employee Participation; and Step 2 - Hazard Identification & Information. The May issue looked at Step 3 - Job Hazard Analysis and Control; and Step 4 - Training. This month our series concludes by examining Step 5 - Medical Management; and Step 6 - Program Evaluation. The series can be accessed at www.ishn.com.