Workers involved in sewing activities, such as manufacturing garments, shoes, and airplane or car upholstery, may be at risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Sewing-related injuries have been documented in the areas of sewing stations, performing fine work or scissor work, and material handling, among others. This eTool* provides example ergonomics solutions specific to sewing. Select Ergonomics for general solutions.
*eTools are web-based products that provide guidance information for developing a comprehensive safety and health program. They include recommendations for good industry practice that often go beyond specific OSHA mandates. As indicated in the disclaimer, eTools do not create new OSHA requirements.