Ashley Brightwell was quoted in Human Resource Executive Online article discussing the return of an OSHA ergonomics rule that would require employers to track and report workplace-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Though only a record-keeping measure, the new rules could lead to expanding regulatory and enforcement actions. According to Brightwell, the rules could lead to “future actions by OSHA to regulate MSDs . . . and increase the number of citations being issued against employers.” She continued: “So a big fear is that by highlighting MSDs in the workplace, you’re opening the door to a number of general-duty citations.”
In the article, Brightwell advised employers to review their OSHA 300 logs and be proactive in evaluating their workplaces, eliminating any current ergonomic hazards.