Safety First, Says OSHA.A new proposal from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. agency established (1970) in the Dept. of Labor (see Labor, United States Department of) to develop and enforce regulations for the safety and health of workers in businesses that are engaged in interstate (OSHA OSHA
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a branch of the US Department of Labor responsible for establishing and enforcing safety and health standards in the workplace. ) could prevent 300,000 work-related injuries every year, and save $9 billion in workers' compensation workers' compensation, payment by employers for some part of the cost of injuries, or in some cases of occupational diseases, received by employees in the course of their work. costs.
The agency is aiming to curb workplace injuries by encouraging businesses to employ ergonomics ergonomics, the engineering science concerned with the physical and psychological relationship between machines and the people who use them. The ergonomicist takes an empirical approach to the study of human-machine interactions. programs. Ergonomics is the science of coordinating the worker to his environment to maximize productivity while minimizing fatigue and discomfort, which often leads to injury.
The plan, which excludes construction, maritime activities and agriculture, is two-fold. The first part would require manual labor companies to implement an ergonomics education program to teach employees how to prevent injuries. The second part mandates that if an employee reports a work-related injury, that part of the workplace must be reviewed for potential improvements.
"Real people are suffering real injuries that can disable To turn off; deactivate. See disabled. their bodies and destroy their lives. The good news is that real solutions are available," said U.S. Labor Secretary Alexis Herman when she announced the plan in November.
But the new regulations are not good news for everyone. Business groups fear that implementing the proposed regulations may cost more than the $4.2 billion OSHA is predicting. The agency's figure "has no relevance to reality," Kevin Burke Kevin Burke is an Irish fiddler. He was born in London to parents from County Sligo in 1950. He took up the fiddle at age eight, eventually acquiring a virtuosic technique in the Sligo fiddling style. , vice president of government relations for Food Distributors International told The Washington Post. His company estimates that it will cost $26 billion to have just 80 of their 242 wholesale grocers and food distributors comply.
OSHA will hold three public hearings and take comments until Feb. 1. For more information visit www.osha.gov.