Cal/OSHA Adopts New Ergonomic Standard, July 1997

Cal/OSHA’s ergonomic standard has been adopted amid much controversy.  The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board adopted on April 17 a simplified regulation to protect employees from repetitive motion injuries (RMIs).  Section 5110 of Title 8 of the Californian Code of Regulations (General Industry Safety Orders) requires employers to institute a program designed to minimize RMIs whenever two or more employees doing substantially the same repetitive activity suffer a musculoskeletal injury that a licensed physician attributes to a repetitive motion task performed on the job.  This standard is not retroactive and the RMIs must be reported to the employer in the last 12 months.

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