DES PLAINES, IL -- The American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) Ergonomics Branch has developed tips as part of October's National Ergonomics Week.

The ASSE's goal is to help elminiate workplace musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), one of the most significant occupational safety and health problems in the United States, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

“Musculoskeletal disorders continue to be a major problem for American workers. They’re real and they’re hurting a lot of people,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels. “OSHA believes that putting the MSD column back on the work-related injuries and illnesses log will provide useful information that workers and employers can use to better identify MSDs and keep workers healthy and safe.”

ASSE Ergonomics Branch member Lawrence Schulze, PhD, P.E., CPE, of Houston, TX, noted there is no one-size-fits all approach to ergonomics, “However, in addition to these tips, it is key to train your employees in ergonomics to provide them with the skills, knowledge, abilities and tools aimed at reducing ergonomic injuries.”

The ASSE Ergonomics Branch’s free “Ergonomics Tip Sheet” for the workplace and home office is available at asse.org/practicespecialties/ergonomics/ergo_tip_sheet.php .

Read the American Society of Safety Engineers' press release.

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