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Start:Jul 04, 2020

Duration:5 Minute(s)

Goal: this Cognitive Trail will increase the ability to apply Cal/OSHA safety standards for the construction industry.

Description: This Navitent will increase the successfulness of applying OSHA's safety standards. This information was taken from Cal/OSHA Pocket Guide f ... Read More

Summary: Safety Made Simple

Step 1

The next Steps cover Cal/OSHA safety regulations for Ergonomics in Construction. Where appropriate, we have referenced the code from Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations.

The topics we will cover in this Navitent are:

-What is Ergonomics?
-Why is Ergonomics Necessary?
-Contributing Factors to Repetitive Motion Injuries
-Ergonomic Requirements
-Ways to Eliminate or Reduce RMIs
-Assessment of Ergonomic Risks

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Step 2

What is Ergonomics?

Ergonomics is the study of improving the fit between the worker and the physical demands of the workplace. Ergonomics can be used to reduce injuries, improve productivity, and reduce the costs of doing business.

Step 3

Why is Ergonomics Necessary?

The construction industry suffers from debilitating and costly occupational injuries primarily to workers’ backs, necks, shoulders, hands, and arms. These types of injuries or traumas are commonly called Repetitive Motion Injuries (RMIs) and are caused by activities that are repeated on a regular basis.

Symptoms of RMIs may include chronic pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, and limited range of motion. RMI symptoms may not be noticeable for months or even years after exposures or may appear to be acute after a sudden and severe onset.

Step 4

Contributing Factors to Repetitive Motion Injuries

-Awkward postures

-Forceful exertion, including heavy lifting

-Repetitive work

-Vibration from tools and equipment

-Pinching (contact stress) during tool use and material handling

-Temperature extremes

-Lack of recovery time to affected body parts

Note: Repeated localized fatigue or soreness after completion of the same task or day’s work often indicates that the worker is being exposed to conditions that can lead to RMIs.

Step 5

Ergonomic Requirements

Knowledge of ergonomic principles can be used to produce simple changes in the workplace and work activities which in turn can avoid injury, improve productivity, and make jobs easier.

The requirements that employers must follow include:

-Employers must establish and implement a program designed to minimize RMIs if more than one person is diagnosed with RMIs as follows:
a. The RMIs are work related.
b. The employees incurred the RMIs while performing a job process or operation of identical work activity.
c. The RMIs were reported in the past 12 months.
d. A licensed physician objectively identified and diagnosed the RMIs.

-The program must include the following:
a. A work site evaluation.
b. Control of exposures that caused the RMIs.
c. Training of employees.

Step 6

Ways to Eliminate or Reduce RMIs

-Proper lifting and material handling

-Use of equipment to reduce load and strain

-Employee rotation for repetitive tasks

-Use of ergonomically designed tools

-Use of personal protective equipment

-Appropriately timed rest periods

Step 7

Assessment of Ergonomic Risks

Employer should regularly scrutinize the 300 Log to see whether multiple cases of RMI’s are being reported.

Failure to monitor for such patterns of illness, as reported on the Log, might mean that the employer will fail to identify that two or more RMI cases have occurred in the past year, triggering a requirement for a more careful assessment of ergonomic risks.

Step 8

How much did this Navitent help you to understand the Cal/OSHA safety regulations for Ergonomics in Construction, including:

-What is Ergonomics?
-Why is Ergonomics Necessary?
-Contributing Factors to Repetitive Motion Injuries
-Ergonomic Requirements
-Ways to Eliminate or Reduce RMIs
-Assessment of Ergonomic Risks

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