No retreat: OSHA inspection levels to remain constant
OSHA has begun 469 ergonomic inspections under the nursing homes National Emphasis Program and plans 1,000 ergo inspections in FY 2003. In addition, OSHA has initiated approximately 156 ergonomics inspections in other industries.
In cases where OSHA is concerned about ergonomic conditions but believes that a citation is not appropriate, it may send the employer an ergonomic hazard alert letter. Inspections have thus far resulted in issuance of 88 hazard alert letters.