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Ergonomics and Repetitive Motion Claim Prevention

OnDemand Webinar (61 minutes)

Save your company money by establishing an effective ergonomics and injury prevention plan.OSHA's efforts to regulate workplaces regarding ergonomic hazards have been complicated, and some state agencies now have more stringent requirements and enforcement powers in this area than their federal counterpart. Despite this, the new administration has a renewed focus on hazard assessment, including preventing injuries and illnesses from poor workplace design, injurious tool or equipment selection, or maintenance. OSHA can still take enforcement action under its General Duty Clause, with penalties of up to $136,532 per exposed worker, and there are recordkeeping and abatement considerations. In addition, ergonomic injuries/illnesses are now broadly recognized as compensable under state workers' compensation systems, and injured third parties can bring tort actions against the host employer. This material will explain the theory of ergonomics and the most common workplace risk factors that impact most jobs. Awareness of early signs and symptoms, and early reporting, are essential in an effective ergonomics process. This material will address the roles of upper management, supervisors, and workers when implementing an effective program. This topic will also provide a fundamental overview of ergonomic hazard assessment, workers' compensation claims mitigation, and what to expect from an OSHA inspection concerning ergonomics.

Authors

Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C.

Agenda

Overview

• What Is Ergonomics?

• Why Employers Need to Consider It When Designing Workplaces and Analyzing Workers' Compensation Claims

• History of OSHA Ergonomics Regulation, Policy, and Enforcement

• State Plan OSHA Agencies and Ergonomics Regulation

Ergonomic Hazard Recognition

• Signs and Symptoms of Ergonomic Injuries/Illnesses

• OSHA Injury/Illness Reporting of Ergonomic Injuries/Illnesses

• Workers' Compensation and Ergonomic Claims Management

• Third-Party Ergonomics Tort Claims (Contractors and Temporary Workers)

Effective Ergonomics Programs

• Ergonomics Consensus Standards

• Ergonomics and Safety and Health Management Programs

• Auditing for Ergonomic Hazards

• Identifying Ergonomic Interventions

• Role of Prevention Through Design (Ptd)

• Conclusion