Implementing the California ergonomics standard in agricultural operations.
Meyers-JM; Miles-J; Fathallah-F; Sutter-S; Duraj-V; Faucett-J; Janowitz-I; Suriano-A; Tejeda-D; Shafii-M
National Institute for Farm Safety 2001 Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 24-27, 2001, Paper No. 01-03. Columbus, OH; National Institute for Farm Safety, Inc, 2001 Jun; :1-21
In 1997 California promulgated the Nation's first workplace ergonomics standard. It requires affected employers to implement a program to minimize repetitive motion injuries including: worksite evaluation, control of exposures causing injury and employee training. In 1998, the UC Agricultural Ergonomics Research Center launched a NIOSH-funded effort (PHS-CCU912911) to study the impact of the ergonomics program in agricultural operations. Results to date suggest that employers may have difficulty independently implementing the standard in ways that will significantly reduce targeted exposures. Barriers include: tendency to focus on marginal interventions for reasons of cost and technical difficulty; lack of off-the-shelf, proven intervention technologies for common risk factors; lack of experience with worker-management shared decision-making; and structural separation between safety and operations management.
Ergonomics; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-workers; Injuries; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors
Grant; Cooperative Agreement
Research Tools and Approaches: Intervention Effectiveness Research
National Institute for Farm Safety 2001 Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 24-27, 2001
University of California, Davis, CA