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Title: United States Postal Service OSPP - OSHA Ergonomic Strategic Partnership

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Content:

  • Focus on ergonomic risk reduction
  • 140,000 employees & 93 facilities covered

Results in 1st year

  • 20% reduction in MSD Rate
  • Over 10,000 workers trained
  • Over 240 "fixes" implemented

[Includes image of the United States Postal Service logo]

Speaker Notes:

United States Postal Service OSPP - This Partnership, signed April 4, 2003, will focus on implementing a process to aid in the early identification of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs), and control of the risk factors that can cause injuries and illnesses to postal employees.

Partnership Goals:

  • Improve the safety and health environment so that OSHA, USPS, National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU), and American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO (APWU) can work together to reduce MSDs.
  • Identify tasks and conditions where MSD incidents occur and develop and implement ergonomic control processes to reduce or eliminate MSD incidents.
  • Train USPS local managers, supervisors, NPMHU and APWU representatives, and the local Joint Labor-Management Safety and Health Committees to ensure comprehension of ergonomic risks and control processes.
  • Reduce the number of MSD related incidents, thereby reducing the number of days away from work for both lost workday and restricted duty cases associated with MSD incidents
  • Develop and evaluate best proven practices to be implemented in other postal facilities with similar ergonomic issues. Share best proven practices with applicable USPS operations with similar ergonomic issues.
  • Train local employees as appropriate to participate in the ergonomic risk reduction process.

Partnership Objectives:

The USPS, NPMHU, APWU, and OSHA will work cooperatively to implement an ongoing process to identify MSDs early, and control the risk factors that can cause injuries and illnesses to postal employees. This project will focus on implementing a process to aid in early identification of musculoskeletal disorders, and control of the risk factors that can cause injuries and illnesses to postal employees.

Results:

Within the partnership, the USPS, NPMHU, APWU, and OSHA agreed to work cooperatively to implement the Ergonomic Risk Reduction Process (ERRP) in identifying musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) early, and controlling the risk factors that can cause injuries and illnesses to postal employees. As of May 2005, 77 USPS facilities have entered into the partnership and have implemented the ERRP. The focus of the first annual evaluation was on the sites deployed during the initial year of the partnership. Data analyzed is from January 31, 2003 to February 24, 2004.

Based on the evaluation of the first ten (10) sites it is recommended that OSHA continue its participation in this OSHA Strategic Partnership (OSP), that has the potential to improve workers safety and health in over 170 worksites covering tens of thousands employees.

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