OSHA Releases New Ergonomics Guidelines for Shipyards

March 7, 2008
OSHA announced the release of "Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Guidelines for Shipyards, an industry-specific guidance document that provides practical recommendations to help employers and employees reduce the number and severity of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace.

“Shipyard work is considered one of the most hazardous occupations, with an injury rate more than twice that of construction and general industry,” said OSHA Administrator Edwin Foulke Jr. “These guidelines will assist many shipyards in their continued efforts to address and implement ways to reduce work-related musculoskeletal disorders.”

The guidelines emphasize various solutions that have been effectively implemented by shipyards across the country to decrease work-related musculoskeletal disorders. An Implementing Solutions section offers examples of ways to control exposure to ergonomics-related risk factors within the industry.

OSHA said it will work with trade, labor and professional organizations to ensure that the guidelines are accessible and implemented where appropriate. OSHA’s free consultation service will be available to assist small businesses, the agency said.

See Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Guidelines for Shipyards for more information.

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