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OSHA has a four-pronged comprehensive approach to ergonomics designed to quickly and effectively address musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the workplace. The four segments of OSHA's strategy for reducing injuries and illnesses from MSDs in the workplace are:

Puzzle Guidelines Enforcement Puzzle
Guidelines, OSHA 
is developing industry-specific or task-specific guidelines for a number of 
industries based on current incidence rates and available information about 
effective and feasible solutions.
Outreach and Assistance National Advisory Committee Puzzle

Enforcement, OSHA will conduct inspections for ergonomic hazards and issue citations under the General Duty Clause and issue ergonomic hazard alert letters where appropriate.

Outreach and Assistance, OSHA will provide assistance to businesses, particularly small businesses, and help them proactively address ergonomic issues in the workplace.

National Advisory Committee, OSHA will charter an advisory committee that will be authorized to, among other things, identify gaps in research to the application of ergonomics and ergonomic principles in the workplace.

Guidelines What guidelines does OSHA provide?
Poultry Processing | Retail Grocery Stores | Nursing Homes | Shipyard Employment
Contributing Conditions How do I look for conditions that may contribute to musculoskeletal disorders?
Review of Injury Records | Job Analysis
Possible Solutions How do I find examples of possible solutions for ergonomic problems?
OSHA Ergonomic eTools | Additional Resources | Success Stories
Outreach and Assistance Where do I find additional assistance?
eTools | Cooperative Programs | Training and Education | OSHA Contact Information

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  • OSHA Publishes Final Ergonomics Guidelines for Shipyards. OSHA. Also available as a 1 MB PDF, 56 pages.
  • Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Safety and Health Topic.
  • Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Material Handling. US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 2007-131, (2007, April), 3 MB PDF, 68 pages. Offers suggestions for managers and supervisors to improve the handling of rectangular, square, and cylindrical containers, sacks, and bags.
Computer WorkstationseTools
  • Computer Workstations. OSHA. Identifies hazards and ergonomic controls for computer workstations.

  • Ergonomics: Solutions for Electrical Contractors Ergonomics: Solutions for Electrical Contractors. OSHA. Describes common hazards that electrical contractors may encounter and possible solutions for these hazards.

  • Ergonomics in the Printing IndustryErgonomics in the Printing Industry. OSHA. Provides information based on the experience of others with the hope of making the process of hazard minimization easier. This eTool is divided into the following process pages that correspond to the major styles of printing: Lithography, Flexography, and Screen Printing

Guidelines | Enforcement | Outreach and Assistance | National Advisory Committee
Contributing Conditions | Possible Solutions | Additional Resources | News Room
FAQs | State Plan States | eTools

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