09/12/2007

Ergonomics Guidelines on Preventing Musculoskeletal Injuries in Shipyards

New ergonomics guidelines from the US-American Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) could help employers and their employees in the shipyard
industry prevent musculoskeletal injuries. The draft guideline, Ergonomics for
the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Guidelines for Shipyards, was
released this week by the agency. The public is invited to submit comments to
the draft guidelines until Nov. 13, 2007.

"These new guidelines, when finalized, will help us continue to meet OSHA's
commitment to publish industry-specific ergonomics guidelines." said Assistant
Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "Many shipyards have made
substantial proactive efforts in recent years to address work-related
musculoskeletal injuries. These guidelines will be another resource to help
them succeed in those efforts."

Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that in 2005 in USA, the injury and
illness rate for the shipyard industry was 10.9 per 100 employees compared to
an injury and illness rate of 4.6 per 100 employees for all private industry.
In 2005, 31 percent of injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from
work for shipyard employees involved musculoskeletal disorders.

When finalized, the new guidelines will provide practical recommendations for
employers to reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries in their
facilities by identifying, evaluating and controlling hazards and using best
practices that have been successful in shipyards.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration