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DoL - Ergonomics Risk Management Process

Monday, 30 January 2017  
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Draft Ergonomics Regulations


The Draft Ergonomics Regulations was published by the Minister of Labour for public comment on 27 January 2016. Please refer to the previous Saiosh newsletter. Members are urged to study these regulations and to submit comments before the closing date. These regulations could potentially have a major impact on your business.


The draft regulations makes reference to "Ergonomics Risk Assessment", "Ergonomics Programme", "Ergonomics Risk Factors" and "Competent Person" in relation to ergonomics. If these regulations are promulgated unchanged then:

  • All employers or self employed persons which may expose any person to physical or cognitive ergonomic risk factors will have to establish for all employees and mandatories an ergonomics training programme.
  • The training shall be provided by a person that is competent in ergonomic risk factors.
  • All employers which may expose employees to ergonomic risk factors shall have an ergonomics risk assessment performed by a competent person.

Below is the Department of Labour's  Ergonomics Risk Management Process flow chart. By implication (refer to the left table) the competent persons referred to in the draft regulations are "Ergonomic Assessors", "Occupational Hygienists" and "Ergonomists".


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