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When OSHA began making plans to implement regulations covering MSDs in the workplace, Congress asked the National Academies to review scientific evidence on work-related causes of MSDs as well as prevention strategies. The Academies’ panel evaluated scientific literature on the topic, invited outside experts to share insights at its meetings, and visited two Ford Motor Co. plants as part of its research. According to the academies, although general principles to reduce the risk of work-related MSDs can be used to develop intervention strategies, programs must be tailored to specific workplaces, the report says. In addition, the programs must be evaluated over time.
The study was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Research Council – the principal operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering – and Institute of Medicine are private, non-profit institutions that provide science and health policy advice under a congressional charter.