Employers have a duty to minimize ergonomic hazards in the workplace for two reasons. First, injuries caused by poor design, repetitive motion and excessive force or vibration—alternately called musculoskeletal, soft tissue or repetitive motion injuries—account for a high percentage of all workplace injuries. Second, OSHA law require employers to protect workers from ergonomic hazards that are “recognized” under the General Duty Clause.
You can use this checklist to observe a job and characterize the levels of ergonomics risk factors it presents. All components of the checklist should be filled out for each job or task to ensure that a full analysis has been performed. You can then use the result to determine what measures to implement to protect workers performing the job from developing MSIs.