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Report: Ergonomics progress in the poultry industry

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the poultry industry have declined 75% during the past 25 years, according to a recently released report.

It chronicles the progress and successes the US poultry industry has experienced in ergonomics and subsequent decrease in workers’ musculoskeletal disorders. 

The report 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.

“During the 25 years this study reviewed, the poultry industry has been a leader in reducing musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace,” said council chairman, Brian Rodgers, Butterball, LLC. 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 U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council, and National Turkey Federation. Collectively, the member companies of the three organizations produce 95% of the nation’s poultry products and employ hundreds of thousands of workers.

To access the report, click here

Natalie Berkhout

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