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<p>WASHINGTON-The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) last week unveiled its plan designed to dramatically reduce ergonomic injuries through a combination of industry-targeted guidelines and enforcement measures. Administrator John Henshaw said OSHA will immediately begin work on developing industry and task-specific guidelines to reduce and prevent ergonomic injuries, often called musculoskeletal disorders, that occur in the workplace. The agency expects to begin releasing guidelines ready for application in selected industries this year. OSHA will also encourage other businesses and industries to immediately develop additional guidelines of their own. The ergonomics enforcement plan will crack down on bad actors by coordinating inspections with a legal strategy developed by Department of Labor attorneys that is based on prior successful ergonomics cases and is designed to maximize successful prosecutions. OSHA will have special ergonomics inspection teams that will work closely with DOL attorneys from the earliest stages To aid with compliance, OSHA will provide specialized training and information on guidelines and the implementation of successful ergonomics programs. It will also administer targeted training grants, develop compliance assistance tools, forge partnerships and create a recognition program to highlight successful ergonomics injury reduction efforts.</p>

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