Okay, you’ve known for quite some time that ergonomic issues were abound, but maybe you just haven’t reached that item on your to-do list. It’s time to move it closer to the top. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently proposed an Ergonomics Program standard. After discussions in early 2000, the final version of the standard will become mandatory by year end.

So what does this mean to you? Well, it means that if you don’t currently do the following things (see preliminary checklist below); you could legally be required to do so by the end of 2000. Most of the items deal with musculoskeletal disorders commonly known as repetitive stress injury, or RSI. As an accounting firm with a team of people working on computers 8+ hours a day, you’ll want to take this matter seriously – even if you’ve never had a claim.

Larger companies may already have most of the new program’s standards in place. That’s good news for them. For the rest of you, take a look at OSHA’s proposed Ergonomics Program standard:

Establish procedures for employees to report symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders and respond quickly to their complaints.

Inform employees of workplace hazards that may cause musculoskeletal disorders and repeat ergonomic training once every three years, or more often if additional injuries occur.

Analyze jobs and consult employees in those jobs to identify factors that may cause or aggravate musculoskeletal disorders and either eliminate or significantly reduce them.

Train employees so they can avoid injuries that may cause musculoskeletal disorders.

Keep written records of actions taken and injury rates (except companies with 10 or fewer employees).

Provide employees with medical care at no cost to them to treat their work-related injuries.

You may like these other stories...

Without getting into all that's been written about the jobless recovery and record high corporate profits without the accompanying hiring, there has indeed been a fundamental shift in how corporate America is working...
Read more by Rita Keller here.I recently read a tweet by my music-teacher son regarding his fifth-grade musicians: “My fifth-grade flutes and clarinets just exhaust me. They have so much energy and ask sooooo many...
By Richard D. Alaniz  On June 24, 2013, the US Supreme Court narrowed the definition of who qualifies as a "supervisor" for the purposes of harassment cases. This holding is a significant win for...

Upcoming CPE Webinars

Jul 31
In this session Excel expert David Ringstrom helps beginners get up to speed in Microsoft Excel. However, even experienced Excel users will learn some new tricks, particularly when David discusses under-utilized aspects of Excel.
Aug 5
This webcast will focus on accounting and disclosure policies for various types of consolidations and business combinations.