Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) have become a leading source of workers’ comp claims. And while they’re not covered by a specific standard, OSHA has made it abundantly clear that it expects employers to implement ergonomics measures to manage MSD hazards at their workplace under the general duty clause (GDC), i.e., Sec. 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which requires dealing with “known hazards” likely to cause death or serious physical harm.
The key to complying is to establish an ergonomics policy at your workplace. Here’s a Model Policy that you can adapt. Although there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all policy, this Model Policy is useful because it outlines the kinds of measures that you need to address in your own policy. This Model is meant for a white collar, office rather than industrial workplace. Make sure you adapt to fit your own programs, procedures and measures to prevent MSDs.