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The magnitude, science base, and solutions for one of the largest occupational health problems in the United States.

Bernard B; Booth-Jones A; Estill CF; Fine L; Habes D; Hales T; Putz-Anderson V; Votaw D
Proceedings of the IEA 2000/HFES 2000 Congress, Vol. 4, San Diego, CA, July 30-August 4, 2000. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2000 Jul; 4:5-8
Work-related MSDs remain one of the most serious problems facing the American workforce. A large body of widely accepted, consistent scientific studies from a variety of disciplines has shown that there is a clear relationship between work factors and MSDs. This base of scientific information is much more extensive than that typically available for policy initiatives, particularly with regard to the epidemiologic and human data that has been published. Solutions are feasible and already working in many large and small companies in diverse industries around the country. These programs have reduced pain, disability, and workers' compensation costs, while improving productivity in workplaces of all sizes across a broad range of industries. We know enough now to prevent or reduce the severity of many of these disorders. NIOSH experience leads us to believe, however, that current level of preventive programs are not enough - the number of workplace MSDs is not declining fast enough. We believe that policy initiatives such as the OSHA proposed ergonomics program rule will be an effective and scientifically valid way to reduce the large numbers of these disorders occurring in the U.S. workforce.
Musculoskeletal system disorders; Musculoskeletal system; Ergonomics; Cumulative trauma; Cumulative trauma disorders; Surveillance programs
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Proceedings of the IEA 2000/HFES 2000 Congress, Vol. 4, San Diego, CA, July 30-August 4, 2000
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