Work Related Upper Limb Disorders


Thomas J. Armstrong
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Copyright © 2002, Thomas J. Armstrong

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III. Regulatory Issues

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III. Regulatory Issues - OSHA

3.1 Section 5.(a)(1) the "General Duty Clause:"

Each employer--

(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees;

(see OSHA 1970; Courtney et al. 1992)

3.2 Section 8.(c)(2) Record keeping:

Each employer shall make, keep and preserve, and make available to the Secretary .... such records regarding his activities relating to this Act. Section 8.(c)(1). The Secretary ... shall prescribe regulations requiring employers to maintain accurat e records of, and to make periodic reports on, work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses other than minor injuries requiring only first aid treatment and which do not involve medical treatment, loss of consciousness, restriction of work or motion, or tr ansfer to another job. Section 8.(c)(2) (see OSHA 1970; 1978, 1986; Courtney et al. 1992)

3.3 OSHA-300 Forms


Please note that this is the final version of the forms to be used for calendar year 2002. This version differs from previous versions in two major aspects. The new recordkeeping forms have been modified to remove the MSD and hearing loss columns from the OSHA 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses and the OSHA 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. The instructions accompanying the forms have also been modified to reflect the requirements that will take effect in calendar year 2002. If you downloaded a previous version of the forms (prior to October 12, 2001), please replace those forms with the version currently contained on this page.

3.4 Ergonomics Guidelines for Meatpacking Plants

3.5 Record keeping Implications:

Recording an injury or illness under the OSHA system does not necessarily imply that management was at fault, that the worker was at fault, that a violation of an OSHA standard has occurred, or that the injury or illness is compensable under workers ' compensation or other systems. (OSHA 1986)

3.6 Some useful OSHA references:

3.7 Other legal considerations