ACCSH 1996-1, exh 5, Musculoskeletal Disorders Recommendations

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OSHA Advisory Committee for Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH)

Summary Statement

ACCSH MSD Workgroup recommendations including referring the MSD matter back to OSHA.

eLCOSH Editor's note:

The OSHA Advisory Committee for Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) was authorized in the 1969 Construction Safety Act (US Code Title 40§3704, to advise OSHA on matters related to construction safety and health. It consists of five public representatives (one is normally from a State OSHA program, one from NIOSH, etc.), five labor representatives (normally from various Building Trades Unions) and five management representatives (primarily from contractor trade associations). The ACCSH often sets up work groups, which are open to the public, to draft positions on various topics or issues. These positions are then often voted on by the full ACCSH and those recommendations referred to OSHA for their consideration. These work products represent a lot of effort and thought by many individuals. They are posted here to make that work more easily accessible. This historical archive many serve as a resource to future regulators and safety advocates, so they don’t have to start from scratch. OSHA has removed some of these documents from their website which makes access difficult.

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ACCSH Musculoskeletal Disorders Committee Chairman's Recommendations to the Full Committee
  • That the full ACCSH vote to refer the MSD matter back to OSHA.
  • That OSHA use formal administrative procedures available to the agency to consider a construction MSD standard.
  • That the workgroup forward the documentation it has developed to date to OSHA for their use.
  • That OSHA, perhaps in conjunction with NOSH, conduct demonstration programs to determine if the workgroup draft has practical applicability in the construction industry, is cost effective, and has an effect on reducing MSD in the construction industry.
  • That the MSD in Construction workgroup be put on hold at this time, but be available for advice and council in the event that OSHA wishes to continue in the development of a standard or conduct demonstration program.

OSHA Advisory Committee for Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH)