Office of Occupational Safety and Health (00S1)
Quarterly DASHO Conference Call Agenda
January 23, 2001
Time: 1 to 1:50 PM Eastern Time
Telephone Number (Bridge): 1-877 230-4050
Subject: Ergonomics - VA initiatives and OSHA implications
Audience: All Employees, Union Representatives, and Safety Officials
|1 - 1:03 PM
Director, Office of Occupational Safety and Health - Moderator
|1:03 – 1:10
- Gary Orr - (Ergonomist - USDOL/OSHA - Provided technical assistance in the development of the ergonomics standard and served as team leader for the standard team. He was also involved in investigating compliance cases involving musculoskeletal disorders.) Mr. Orr will summarize the standard and important dates. Phone Number - 703 941-5929 Gary Orr - InterviewBack-up Copy
|1:10 -- 1:16
|1:32 -- 1:35
- Bob Kline National Cemetery Administration and Joe Lepp Veterans Benefits Administration
|1:35 -- 1:43
||John Hancock (Director, VA Office of Occupational Safety and Health) VA overview - DASHO supplemental conference call
|1:43 - 1:50
||Questions and Answers --
- If you did not have time to ask your question you may e-mail it to email@example.com or call Frank Denny at 202 273-9743
Note: The Office of Occupational Safety and Health has contacted officials of agencies and/or organizations for this conference call that can represent their agency/organization's and/or are expects in their field. However, verbal statements and/or paraphrased questions and answers (found at the bottom of this agenda), are informational and have not been cleared as policy in-of-themselves. Links have been provided to this call that allow agency/organizational polices to be viewed. Questions and answers are viewed on the intranet only.
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Links with additional information:
- Occupational Hazards Publication
- 12/18/00 -- Five things your company can do to prepare for this new requirement according to ergonomists with Humantech, a company consulting in occupational ergonomics located in Ann Arbor, Mich.
- 12/20/00 -- Attorneys Urge Employers to Address Ergonomics Standard
- NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation ergonomics impact on Dentists (HETA Report #98-0032-2795)
Questions and Answers:
Question: The grandfather clause for having an ergonomics program was last week.
Answer - Gary Orr - Yes
Question: If one individual had an ergo related injury does everyone with that job title/description need an ergonomic solution?
Answer - Gary Orr - Not necessarily, a job hazard analysis may determine that there was a methodology problem or individual problem that required a correction.
Question: I understand that a guide is coming out to analyze needs.
Answer - Audrey Nelson - Yes one is being test now and should be out in a couple of months.
Question: How much does it cost for a ceiling lift?
Answer - Audrey Nelson - The are many variables but for a 60 bed hospital about $120,000.
Question: How does the OSHA standard impact OWCP?
Answer - Gary Orr - It does not
Question: If a hospital has employee going to a physician that backs employees claims of ergonomic injuries without justification what can be done?
Answer - Gary Orr - Appendix D-1 should help but a job hazard analysis should be use to screen the work environment, i.e., the job hazard analysis would identify if a hazard exists.
Answer - Michael Hodgson - If the employee's physician diagnosed an ergonomic injury and the employer's physician disagreed and third physician would be picked that would be agreeable to both to break the deadlock. Physicians will need to be educated on this subject and what to look for.
Question: Are back belts accepted by OSHA as PPE?
Answer - Gary Orr - OSHA received too much material to support back belts in special situations to discount them. although many employers have stopped using them. If the employer considers them PPE then they would have to pay for them and PPE can only be used when there are no other feasible controls.
Question: If an employer allows employees to use back belts the employee purchases would OSHA consider that the employer recognizes the belts as PPE and require reimbursement of employee purchase or training on their use? or If an employer purchases back belts and allows employees to use them but does not recognize them as PPE would they be seen as PPE and require employee training on their use?
Answer - Gary Orr (e-mail) - If an employer chooses to use back belts as a control, then it would be considered PPE and the employer would be required to pay for them. However if the employee chooses to use a back belt or is asked to use one by a doctor, then it would not be PPE. The standard only allows PPE to be used when other controls are not feasible.
Question: If a VA facility Director at one facility recognizes back belts as PPE for a specific job does that obligate VA facility Directors at other VA facilities to recognize back belts as PPE for that same job?
Answer- Gary Orr (e-mail) - The standard is both job and establishment specific. The employer only has an obligation to control a job where an MSD has met the action trigger. They must apply the control to the same job within the establishment. Therefore if you have the same job at the Tampa VA and the Atlanta VA you would only have to implement the ergo program at the facility where the MSD occurred.
Question: When are MSDs subject to the standard?
Answer - Gary Orr (e-mail) - Only MSDs reported after Oct 15, 2001 are subject to the standard.</intranet>