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- OSHA News. OSHA reopens public record proposed record-keeping rule to add work-related musculoskeletal disorders column. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration tomorrow will reopen the public record on a proposed rule to revise the Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements regulation. Notice of the reopening will be published May 17 in the Federal Register.
- U.S. Coast Guard Issues Guidelines for Passenger Weight Standards The U.S. Coast Guard issued voluntary guidelines for owners and operators of small passenger vessels to re-evaluate the passenger capacity for their vessels based on an updated average weight allowance of 185 pounds.
- Time for an Ergonomic Touch-Up The pain in your neck at work may not actually be from your demanding to-do list or endless meetings. According to a recent survey from Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., office furniture and technology may make or break how employees feel during the day. Results show that by providing support – in the form of ergonomic enhancements – companies can create happier, healthier and more productive work environments.
- NIOSH Targeted for Cuts in FY2012 Budget The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has two programs up for termination in the president’s proposed Fiscal Year 2012 (FY2012) Budget. NIOSH’s Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing Program (AFF) is set to lose $23 million—all of its funding.
- The OSHA Field Manual provides OSHA Compliance Officers with a single source of updated information and guidance to more effectively protect employees from occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. The manual assists Compliance Officers in scheduling and conducting inspections, enforcing regulations, and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. The manual also guides Compliance Officers on how to inform employers about cooperative programs to help them eliminate potential or existing hazards from the workplace.
- Ergonomics and Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans With Disabilities Act (Part 1&2)
- Ergonomics and Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans With Disabilities Act (Part 3&4) As an employment law attorney who focuses on preventive law for employers, I do a lot of legal training for managers through Fair Measures Corp., as well as training for human resources professionals through HR Training Center. One of the issues I deal with repeatedly is how to provide legally-mandated reasonable accommodations for disabled employees. In this series of articles, I will first lay out the Americans with Disabilities Act’s requirements for reasonable accommodations, including the 2009 changes in the law. In Part Two, I will present and analyze a case study, and in Parts Three and Four I will provide a survey of recent case decisions involving ergonomics and reasonable accommodations.
- Ergonomics: The Politics of Arm-Twisting
When the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") regulates, such actions are often limited to discrete industry sectors, and engagement on the proposal is most often limited to those industries directly impacted by the regulation. Opposition can blaze brightly in one job sector without an industry-wide conflagration. The battle over the ergonomics standard was not one of those discrete blazes. Soon after the first credible move toward an ergonomics standard in the early '90s, it became readily apparent that the issue of musculoskeletal disorders ("MSDs") would result in a blistering inferno of division and debate.