Outreach and Assistance
OSHA provides assistance to businesses, particularly small businesses, and helps them proactively address ergonomic issues in the workplace.
OSHA Ergonomic eTools
OSHA recognizes the benefit of distributing, via the Internet, information about ergonomics to help prevent MSDs in the workplace. The agency offers a series of eTools that provide stand-alone, interactive, web-based information to address ergonomic hazards. Some eTools address general ergonomic hazards and others target specific industries.
Success Stories: OSHA collects accounts from employers that have implemented ergonomics programs or used best practices with successful results. The success stories are grouped by SIC codes.
Case Studies: OSHA collects accounts from employers that have implemented measures, programs or effective practices that have helped reduce the risk of ergonomic injuries or have otherwise produced positive outcomes.
OSHA cooperative programs support ergonomic outreach and assistance efforts. OSHA's consultation projects, partners, and allies serve as ambassadors for OSHA, disseminating information and best practices on ergonomics to employers. OSHA cooperative programs include: Alliances, Strategic Partnerships, Voluntary Protection Programs, and On-site Consultation Programs.
Alliances: OSHA's Alliance Program is an ideal tool for employers, trade or professional organizations, employees, and labor organizations to collaborate with OSHA in spreading the word on the usefulness and feasibility of their ergonomics programs within their own sectors. By forming Alliances with key groups facing ergonomic hazards in their workplaces, OSHA can reach as many employers as possible and maximize its outreach efforts.
On-site Consultation Program: Small businesses, particularly those in high-hazard industries or involved in hazardous operations, can use this free service to improve their safety performance in a variety of areas, including ergonomics. Safety and health consultants work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing safety and health programs.
Strategic Partnerships: Organizations can enter into Strategic Partnerships with OSHA to address specific safety and health issues, including ergonomics. In a partnership, OSHA enters into an extended, voluntary, cooperative relationship with employers, employees, employee representatives and, in some instances, other stakeholders to encourage, assist, and recognize their efforts to eliminate serious hazards and achieve a high level of worker safety and health.
Voluntary Protection Programs: VPP recognizes and promotes effective safety and health management. VPP participants are facilities that have designed and implemented outstanding health programs. Many VPP sites have been recognized for their effective ergonomics programs, which can serve as models for other organizations. In addition, such sites can serve as mentors for organizations wishing to address ergonomic hazards.
Training and Education
OSHA's Directorate of Training and Education provides training in a wide variety of occupational safety and health topics to federal and state OSHA personnel, state consultants, other federal agency personnel, and private-sector employers and employees.
These training courses are delivered through the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) and the OTI Education Centers, which are located throughout the country.
Our current offering is the 2250 Course-Principles of Ergonomics Applied to Work-Related Musculoskeletal and Nerve Disorders. This course teaches how to identify and control ergonomic hazards. A description of this course and schedule can be found on OSHA's Ergonomics Training Page.
Trade and professional associations and other related organizations, either through Cooperative Programs with OSHA or independently, have developed industry-specific guidelines that explain basic ergonomics principles and hazards and identify best practices that are successful in protecting workers. Guidelines are available from the following organizations:
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