Guidelines Updated for Poultry Processors to Cut Work-related Injuries

US - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated its guidelines to poultry processors to reduce the number and severity of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
calendar icon 7 January 2014
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The 'Guidelines for Poultry Processing — Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders' was originally published in 2004.

The updated guidelines from OSHA provide recommendations for poultry processing facilities to reduce the number and severity of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

In preparing the recommendations, OSHA reviewed existing practices and programmes as well as available scientific information on ergonomic-related risk factors in poultry processing facilities.

The heart of the guidelines is the process for protecting workers and the description of various solutions that have been implemented by poultry processors.

OSHA is recommending that poultry processors consider these solutions in the context of a systematic process.

OSHA said it recognises that small employers in particular may not have or need as comprehensive a process as would result from implementation of every action described in revised guidelines.

And it adds that many small employers may need assistance in implementing an appropriate process to prevent MSDs.

The guidelines specifically target the potential for a variety of injuries and illnesses that occur from repeated use or over-exertion, including:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Rotator cuff injuries (a shoulder problem)
  • Epicondylitis (an elbow problem)
  • Trigger finger and
  • Muscle strains and lower back injuries.

Further Reading

You can view the full report from OSHA by clicking here.

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