In 2008, OSHA published ergonomics guidelines for shipyards for the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. In order to develop these guidelines, OSHA reviewed existing ergonomic practices in shipyards, visited sites to observe these practices in action, and interviewed employees. In addition, the agency reviewed available scientific information regarding the types of shipyard work activities that may benefit from implementing specific ergonomic solutions.
The resulting guidelines are advisory in nature. They are not a new standard or regulation, and they do not create any new OSHA duties. Under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act, the extent of an employer's obligation to address ergonomic hazards is governed by the OSHA general duty clause, 29 U.S.C. 654(a)(1). An employer's failure to implement the guidelines is not a violation, or evidence of a violation, of the general duty clause.
Who should take this course?
A typical day in a shipyard workplace is demanding. Whether the focus of the work is construction, repair, maintenance, or demolition; involves painting, sheet metal work, electrical work, or welding; and takes place in the shop, in the yard, or on the ship, workers are exerting themselves and potentially being exposed to risk factors for debilitating long-term health problems. Ergonomics best practices can help shipyard employees interact more safely and efficiently with the materials and equipment in their workplace environment, thereby avoiding injury and maximizing productivity.
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Specific topics covered in this course include:
- About This Course
- Course Objectives
- Introduction to OSHA Shipyard Ergonomics Training
- Introduction to OSHA Shipyard Ergonomics Guidelines
- The Importance of Ergonomics
- Health Hazard: Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Ergonomics-Related Risk Factors for Shipyard Workers
- Injury Statistics
- Process for Protecting Employees
- Providing Management Support
- Involving Employees
- Providing Training
- Identifying Problems
- Implementing Solutions
- Addressing Reports of Injuries
- Evaluating Progress
- Introduction to Shipyard Ergonomics Solutions
- Shipyard Ergonomics Solutions-Site-Wide
- Shipyard Ergonomics Solutions-Material and Equipment Handling
- Carts, Hand Trucks, and Pallet Jacks
- Drum Movers and Tilters, Overhead Cranes
- Jib Cranes
- Hoists and Balancers
- Roller Balls
- Moveable Containers, Pulley Systems, and Automatic Hose Rollers
- Hose, Cord, and Cable Management Systems
- Turning and Rotating Devices
- Racks and Shelves, Material Positioners
- Moving Welding Units, Large Hose Reels and Synthetic Lines
- Tractors and Trailers, and Stack Blowers on Wheels
- Shipyard Ergonomics Solutions-Tools
- Low-Vibration Tools and Tool Balancers
- Shipyard Ergonomics Solutions-Metal Work
- Shipyard Ergonomics Solutions-Shipside
- Shipyard Ergonomics Solutions-Personal Protective Equipment
- Additional Resources
Our OSHA Shipyard Ergonomics Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, non-scored self-check questions, and a final exam.
It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this OSHA Shipyard Ergonomics online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.
We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course.
Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity then you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.
OSHA has not specified any time frame for required retraining or recertification for Shipyard Ergonomics. Since there is no OSHA standard dealing with this specific hazard the OSH Act general duty clause, 29 U.S.C. 654(b)(1) defines the standard which provides that:
(a) Each employer -
(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.
A recognized hazard is a danger recognized by the employer's industry or industry in general, by the employer, or by common sense. The general duty clause does not apply if there is an OSHA standard dealing with the hazard, unless the employer knows that the standard does not adequately address the hazard.
Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable OSHA Shipyard Ergonomics safety training certificate and wallet card.
Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.