Massachusetts Ergonomics laws & safety compliance analysis

Massachusetts Ergonomics : What you need to know

Massachusetts does not have its own ergonomics requirements for reducing musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace. Any regulatory agency response to injury or illness in a private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) workplace related to a musculoskeletal disorder may fall under the obligations of the federal General Duty Clause. The state may investigate public sector (county and municipal government) workplaces to ensure compliance with its policy that public sector employers must follow federal workplace safety and health rules.

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Federal OSHA has developed voluntary ergonomics guidelines for nursing homes, retail grocery stores, and poultry processing and is in the process of issuing guidelines for several other industries. The Idaho Division of Building Safety administers the voluntary compliance program for public sector workplaces.

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