OSHA Releases Online Ergonomics Guidelines for Shipyards

OSHA has recently released 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 Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., assistant secretary of labor for OSHA. "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 ergonomic solutions that may be used to control exposure to ergonomics-related risk factors in shipyards.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov/dsg/guidance/shipyard-guidelines.html.

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