Ergonomics by the numbers
1-- Number of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that must occur before OSHA's ergonomics standard is triggered to protect workers in a job.
1 -- Number of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that must occur before OSHA's ergonomics standard is triggered to protect workers in a job.
3 -- Number of years that employers have to implement permanent controls to eliminate or materially reduce MSD hazards.
7 -- Number of years that OSHA has been trying to develop an ergonomics standard.
25 -- Median number of workdays an employee misses because of carpal tunnel syndrome.
30 -- Number of real solutions to real ergonomic problems that can be implemented for less than $100, according to a recent OSHA booklet.
42 -- Percent of carpal tunnel syndrome cases that result in more than 30 days away from work.
50 -- Percent of U.S. employees who are not covered by a company ergonomics program.
62 -- Percent of all lost workday tendonitis cases suffered by women.
70 -- Percent of all lost workday carpal tunnel syndrome cases suffered by women.
75 -- Percent of general industry employers that will not be required to implement an ergonomics program.
$150 -- Average annual cost to an employer for altering a job so that it will not cause a work-related MSD.
2700 -- Number of stakeholders who have participated in OSHA sponsored ergonomics conferences.
$22,500 -- Average amount in direct costs to be saved for each MSD prevented.
300,000 -- Number of workers who annually will be spared painful and potentially disabling work-related MSDs if the standard goes into effect.
600,000 -- Number of injuries involving lost workdays/yr due to MSDs in the U.S.
1.8 million -- Number of U.S. workers who annually suffer MSDs.
1.9 million -- Number of general industry worksites that will come under OSHA's ergonomics standard.
27 million -- Number of workers who will be protected by the standard.
$9 billion -- Savings generated annually by complying with the OSHA ergonomic program standard. Source: OSHA
Note: On Nov. 23, 1999, OSHA issued its controversial ergonomics proposal. More information on the proposal can be found at www.osha.gov.
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