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Ergodyne Increases Safety Measures in Response to OSHA Announcement

In response to the recent announcement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding the National Emphasis Program (NEP) for Warehousing and Distribution Center Operations, safety work gear manufacturer Ergodyne is stepping up efforts to support increased safety measures and protect workers in these crucial sectors. OSHA’s announcement highlighted the need for improved safety in warehousing and distribution centers as they experience higher injury and illness rates compared to private industry overall. Certain sectors are facing rates more than two times higher than the national average.

In addition to warehousing and distribution, the NEP includes mail/postal processing and distribution centers, parcel delivery/courier services, and certain “high injury rate retail” establishments. According to OSHA, the grouping accounts for nearly two million workers.

With a deep heritage in ergonomics since the 1980’s, Ergodyne has long been known for its preventative approach to many of the hazards listed in the NEP including struck-by incidents, slips/trips/falls, heat stress/cold stress and musculoskeletal injuries.

OSHA reports that warehousing and distribution center operations have experienced a steep increase from 668,900 employees in January 2011 to 1,713,900 employees in December 2021.

“As the warehousing and distribution sector grows, so too does our commitment to collaborating with and protecting these folks,” said Tom Votel, president/CEO, Ergodyne. “Whether that’s addressing common hazards through basic education and our expansive offering of PPE solutions or uncovering previously unidentified dangers and bringing entirely new categories of safety to the workplace… the injury rates among these workers drive a sense of urgency with us that inspires innovation to reverse the trend.”

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