it would require employers to mark a
column in the OSHA 300 log if a previously recorded case falls under the definition of a musculoskeletal disorder
(MSD). Currently, employers are only required to determine whether the case can
be defined as an injury or an illness, is a
new case, is work related, and meets at
least one of the recording criteria.
According to OSHA, approximately
1.505 million recordable MSDs will
occur annually among 1.542 million
businesses and organizations. The annualized costs of the proposed rule would
be $1.7 million per year for all these establishments combined.
A summary of comments from the
teleconferences is available at www.regu
nerships to improve occupational safety
and health in manufacturing.
The goals of the conference are to:
• Identify the greatest opportunities to
reduce injuries, illnesses, hazardous
exposures and fatalities in the manu-
• Share information about innovative
research and successful partnerships.
• Explore potential research collaborations and partnerships to improve occupational safety and health.
The National Manufacturing Sector is
part of the NIOSH National Occupational
Research Agenda (NORA). For more information about the conference, visit
Survey Aims to Shape Future of OSHA
OSHA recently released a survey regarding workplace health and safety management procedures for private sector
employers across all industries of the
agency’s jurisdiction. Designed to aid
OSHA in the development of future rules,
compliance assistance and outreach, the
Baseline Survey of Safety and Health
Practices was sent to approximately
19,000 employers nationwide, according
to a May 23 OSHA news release.
The survey includes questions about
workplace safety management systems,
the performance of annual inspections,
who manages worker safety, and what
types of hazards exist at the respondents’
facilities. All data will be collected by
Participation in this survey is voluntary.
All results will be anonymous and will not
be used by OSHA for enforcement. For
more information, visit www.osha.gov/
Conference to Address Health and
Safety in Manufacturing
NIOSH and the University of Cincinnati
will host a conference for the agency’s
National Manufacturing Sector in
Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 7–8, 2011. NIOSH
considers the conference a national call
for action to identify and develop part-