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 employees safe and free from recognized hazards. Additional information regarding OSHA’s General Duty Clause and 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 to implement effective programs or other measures to reduce ergonomic hazards and associated musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
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.