United States Postal Service
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This Partnership focused 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.
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.
This partnership clearly yielded positive results. Following are excerpts from the Annual Partnership Evaluation Report covering 27 sites that have been utilizing ERRP for the full three years. We have seen the most dramatic reductions in ergonomic-related injuries and illnesses:
ERRP sites continue to be successful in having much greater reductions in ergonomic-related injury and illness rates compared to non-ERRP sites:
This translated into a savings of approximately $1.8 million in Workers' Compensation Medical costs (a 39% reduction).
The workforce is being trained to properly evaluate MSD related hazards:
The ERRP has been successful in identifying a wide range of ergonomic interventions:
ERRP is changing the culture - one facility at a time - by creating self-sustaining ergonomic skill sets and competencies to identify and control ergonomic risks. The key to the success of ERRP is top management support and active employee involvement through the Joint Labor-Management Safety and Health Committees and the Site Core Teams. For more information about the ergonomics best practices learned from this Partnership, please visit the Ergonomic Best Practices page.Back to Top
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