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Document ID (ISN)108376
CIS number 08-977
Year 2008
Convention or series no. OSHA Publication No.3341-03N (2008)
Title Ergonomics for the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders - Guidelines for shipyards
Bibliographic information Publications U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20210, USA, Feb. 2008. 49p. Illus. 21 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract A major component of OSHA's approach to ergonomics is the development of industry-specific and task-specific guidelines to reduce and prevent workplace musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). These voluntary guidelines provide recommendations for shipyards to help reduce the number and severity of work-related MSDs, increase employer and employee awareness of ergonomic risk factors, eliminate unsafe work practices, alleviate muscle fatigue and increase productivity. In order to develop these guidelines, OSHA reviewed existing ergonomic practices in several shipyards, conducted site visits to observe these practices in action, and interviewed employees in shipyards. In addition, the Agency reviewed available scientific information regarding shipyard work activities that may benefit from implementing specific ergonomic solutions.
Descriptors (primary) USA; shipyards; shipbuilding industry; ergonomics; musculoskeletal diseases
Descriptors (secondary) power-driven hand tools; safety guides; platforms; safety consciousness; lifting tackle; public OSH institutions; notification of occupational accidents; work efficiency; muscular strength; hose handling; roller conveyors; portal cranes; injuries; programme evaluation; job study; vibration protective gloves; shoulder pads; knee pads; safe working methods; welding and cutting; workers' participation; conveyors
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Shipbuliding and ship repair
Workers' participation