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February 20, 2011

OSHA Temporarily Withdraws Musculoskeletal Disorders Indicator on Injury Logs

Late last month, OSHA announced it had temporarily withdrawn its proposal to restore a column for work-related musculoskeletal disorders on employer injury and illness logs. The agency is seeking greater input from small businesses on the impact of the proposal.

"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 OSHA's head, 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.

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