Ergonomic Technologies Corporation
Certified Minority-and Women-Owned Business
ETC recognizes the aging of the workforce and the crisis that is developing based on trends in the population that will be available to work for the next 20 years. Healthcare jobs in particular are in crisis both acute and long term care facilities. To assist employers, ETC's ergonomics services include: ergonomics consulting, laboratory research, corporate ergonomics programs, workplace assessments, Assistive Technology (AT) interventions, ergonomics training and occupational risk managements. ETC also offers a full array of occupational safety services.
To achieve this, ETC has developed an network of consultants throughout the United States and abroad to deliver our services. By hiring ETC, you get the advantages of 20 years of cross industry experience and advanced technology while at the same time enjoying the convenience of a local ergonomist to serve your needs. The Ergowiz network includes expertise from all major disciplines including ergonomics, biomechanics, industrial hygiene, safety, industrial engineering and many others. Most of our consultants have obtained the highest professional status in their respective fields including Certified Safety Professionals (CSP’s), Certified Professional Ergonomists (CPE’s), Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH’s), and Occupational Therapists with AT specialties (OTR/L’s), (AT).
Cindy Roth has been elected to the ASSE’s (CoPA). The Council on Professional Affairs . The CoPA is focusing on developing an outward focus in order to advance the profession and forge a path to the future. CoPA provides the Society with the visionary guidance and management in the development and implementation of programs to place the Society in a leadership position in the management of the Safety Profession.
ASSE is a global member-driven association providing representation, promotion and support for those engaged in the profession and/or the practice of safety, health and environment in their efforts to protect people, property and the environment.
ETC awarded unprecedented, multi-year contract for major ergonomic initiative with the United States Postal Service. The initial results are in.
Scaffolding, general requirements, construction
January 25, 2011
US Labor Departments OSHA temporarily withdraws proposed column for work-related musculoskeletal disorders, reaches out to small businesses
WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labors Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced that it has temporarily withdrawn from review by the Office of Management and Budget its proposal to restore a column for work-related musculoskeletal disorders on employer injury and illness logs. The agency has taken this action to seek greater input from small businesses on the impact of the proposal and will do so through outreach in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administrations Office of Advocacy.
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders remain the leading cause of workplace injury and illness in this country, and this proposal is an effort to assist employers and OSHA in better identifying problems in workplaces, said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. However, it is clear that the proposal has raised concern among small businesses, so OSHA is facilitating an active dialogue between the agency and the small business community.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, MSDs accounted for 28 percent of all reported workplace injuries and illnesses requiring time away from work in 2009.
The proposed rule would not change existing requirements about when and under what circumstances employers must record MSDs on their injury and illness logs. While many employers are currently required to keep a record of workplace injuries and illnesses, including work-related MSDs, on the OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses), the vast majority of small businesses are not required to keep such records. The proposed rule would require those employers already mandated to keep injury and illness records, and to record MSDs, to place a check mark in the new column for all MSDs.
Prior to 2001, OSHAs injury and illness logs contained a column for repetitive trauma disorders that included noise and many kinds of MSDs. In 2001, OSHA separated noise and MSDs into two columns, but the MSD column was deleted in 2003 before the provision became effective. This proposal would restore the MSD column to the Form 300.
OSHA and the U.S. Small Business Administrations Office of Advocacy jointly will hold a meeting to engage and listen to small businesses about the agencys proposal. Small businesses from around the country will be able to participate through electronic means, such as telephone and/or a Web forum. Details of the meeting will be announced within 30 days. OSHA also will conduct a stakeholder meeting with other members of the public if requested.
OSHAs top 10 most cited violations for 2010 are:
Fall protection, construction
Hazard communication standard, general industry
Respiratory protection, general industry
Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry
Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry
Powered industrial trucks, general industry
Electrical systems design, general industry
Machines, general requirements, general industry
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