Source: Agricultural Retailers Association

On Jan. 29, OSHA issued a proposal that will require employers to document musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) as part of their injury and illness reporting requirements. The MSD column will be added to the OSHA 300 Log maintained under the Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting regulations (otherwise known as OSHA's recordkeeping regulations).

OSHA should clarify that only "work-related" MSDs be reported and clearly define "MSD" so employers are not held responsible for injuries sustained by their employees playing sports and engaging in other activities during time away from work. OSHA estimates that it will take employers less than five minutes to familiarize themselves with the proposed MSD reporting procedures and one minute to enter the information on the OSHA 300 Log.

To view OSHA's proposed rule. Comments are due by March 15, 2010. OSHA will hold a public meeting in Washington on the proposed rule on March 9, 2010. Requests to participate in the meeting are due Feb. 16, 2009, and may be faxed to (202) 693-1648. OSHA's contact is Veneta Chapman in the Office of Communications: or (202) 693-1999. All comments and requests to speak must reference docket number OSHA-2009-0044 or Regulatory Information Number (RIN) 1218-AC45.  

For additional background information on this issue, you can view an article by the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP titled "Telling Signs That Ergonomic Regulations Are Making A Comeback."