OSHA Releases New Ergonomics Guidelines for Shipyards

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.

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.

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