Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently added two new modules to the Agency's "Ergonomics Solutions for Electrical Contractors" e-Tool. The modules, developed with input from the Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC), as part of the OSHA and IEC Alliance, include safety and health information for Installation and Repair, and Prefabrication processes.
"Employees in the electrical contracting industry have benefited greatly from information in our Ergonomics Solutions e-Tool," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "The new modules are another proactive effort to educate employees on how to improve safety and health in the workplace."
The e-Tool offers potential solutions to ergonomic hazards that electrical contractors may encounter. The Installation and Repair module describes hazards encountered by employees who often dig trenches and pull and feed wire. It includes information on potential tendon and nerve problems that may result from using hand tools such as pliers, crimpers, and side cutters. Further, the module provides solutions to help industry professionals reduce the risks associated with electrical installation and repair.
The Prefabrication module discusses ergonomics-related hazards including heavy manual lifting, repetitive movements, and awkward or stationary positions. It lists possible solutions to reduce these hazards as they relate to various activities such as bending conduit, cutting and spooling wire, and welding and assembly tasks.
E-Tools are "stand-alone," interactive, Web-based training tools on occupational safety and health topics. They utilize illustrations, graphical menus, and expert system modules, which enable the user to answer questions, and receive reliable advice on how OSHA regulations apply to their work site.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.