No formal state or federal requirements are currently in place which require ergonomics to be incorporated into the workplace, however, employers have a responsibility to keep the employees safe. Ergonomic guidelines have been developed and are designed to provide assistance with the reduction of injuries. CSU specific guidelines are also in place for specific jobs/job tasks and will be developed where necessary in the future. The Risk Management and Insurance Ergonomics Program is committed to helping all university departments and their employees identify ergonomic hazards and minimize the risk for injury.
Additional information regarding the enforcement of ergonomics is as follows:
- An employer has an obligation under the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) to keep the workplace free from recognized serious hazards. This includes hazards related to ergonomics.
- OSHA can cite for ergonomic hazards under the General Duty Clause and encourages employers where implement ergonomics programs to minimize exposure to ergonomic hazards and minimize injury.