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Protect your workers with an ergonomics safety policy

Physician Practice Perspective, May 1, 2006

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When it comes to workplace ergonomics, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) doesn't have any specific enforceable rules, laws, or standards. Instead, it offers a set of industry-specific voluntary guidelines. But that doesn't mean you can shrug off ergonomics in your practice. Although its ergonomics guidelines for the healthcare industry are voluntary and directed specifically at nursing homes, OSHA can cite any business-including hospitals and physician practices-under its general duty clause, a catchall section of the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act that requires every employer to provide a safe and healthy work environment.

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