OSHA Adds New Online Ergonomic Tools

OSHA today added two new modules to the Agency’s “Ergonomics Solutions for Electrical Contractors” e-Tool, developed with input from the Independent Electrical Contractors Inc., as part of its OSHA alliance. The modules include safety and health information for installation and repair, and prefabrication processes.

“Employees in the electrical contracting industry have benefited greatly from information in our Ergonomics Solutions e-Tool,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. “The new modules are another proactive effort to educate employees on how to improve safety and health in the workplace.”

The installation and repair module describes hazards encountered by employees who often dig trenches and pull and feed wire. It includes information on potential tendon and nerve problems that may result from using hand tools such as pliers, crimpers, side cutters, and more.

The prefabrication module discusses ergonomics-related hazards including heavy manual lifting, repetitive movements, and awkward or stationary positions. It also lists possible solutions to reduce these hazards as they relate to various activities such as bending conduit, cutting and spooling wire, and welding and assembly tasks.

Both e-Tools utilize illustrations, graphical menus, and expert system modules, which enable the user to answer questions, and receive reliable advice on how OSHA regulations apply to their work site.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/electricalcontractors/index.html.

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