Our colleagues' OSHA Law Update blog has a post we think will be of interest: "OSHA Launches Ergonomics Campaign in Healthcare Industries," by Eric J. Conn, Head of Epstein Becker Green’s OSHA Practice Group.
Following is an excerpt:
OSHA recently announced a campaign to raise awareness about the hazards likely to cause musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) among health care workers responsible for patient care. Common MSDs suffered in the patient care industry include sprains, strains, soft tissue and back injuries. These injuries are due in large part to over exertion related to manual patient handling activities, often involving heavy lifting associated with transferring and repositioning patients and working in awkward positions.