Comments on the Proposed Ergonomics Program

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is pleased to produce testimony in support of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed rule on ergonomics [64 FR 65768]. NIOSH supports this ergonomics program standard addressing the many risk of labor-connected musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) normally trade. The preamble to the proposed rule provides compelling data indicating that work-connected MSDs are a terribly giant drawback for the U.S. economy. The importance of labor-connected MSDs is additionally mirrored in NIOSH experience in intramural and extramural research (funded internally and externally) and the health hazard evaluation program (all health hazard analysis reports are obtainable from the National Technical Information Service). NIOSH is conducting ergonomic research and responding to ergonomic considerations of employers and employees across a big selection of U.S. industries and occupations. Also, through the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), NIOSH has identified a robust consensus for work-connected MSDs as a high analysis priority among our diverse stakeholders—a broad range of business, labor, academia, and government teams.