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Progress on Ergonomics in US Poultry Industry

by 5m Editor
2 February 2010, at 10:03am

US – Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the poultry industry have declined 75 per cent during the last 25 years, according to a recently released report.

The report chronicles the progress and successes the US poultry industry has experienced in ergonomics and subsequent decrease in workers' musculoskeletal disorders.

It unveils the results of a study commissioned by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council.

The study, Ergonomics in the Poultry Industry: A Review of 25 Years of Industry Efforts, describes the industry's efforts in the prevention and early treatment of MSDs. It also discusses how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has focused attention on the poultry industry and the positive results from OSHA and the industry working together.

Council chairman, Brian Rodgers of Butterball LLC said: "During the 25 years this study reviewed, the poultry industry has been a leader in reducing musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace. And although it is an ongoing effort, we can be proud of the industry's progress. It can serve as a model for other industries that are facing the same challenges."

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council is made up of members from the US Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council, and National Turkey Federation. Collectively, the member companies of the three organisations produce 95 per cent of the nation's poultry products and employ hundreds of thousands of workers.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.