Safety Manual

Revised 2014

Ergonomics Program

Cal Poly Corporation is committed to the health and safety of all staff. Injury prevention and health promotion are important components of our overall safety programs. Ergonomics, the science of fitting the job to the worker, is a component of any work site health promotion program. Ergonomics programs can help prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s) that occur at work. The Corporation will follow safety orders established by Cal-OSHA regarding repetitive motion injuries (Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Section 5110, Repetitive motion injuries).

Corporation Program

The Associate Human Resources Director has oversight for the Ergonomics Program, in conjunction with the department heads. The Associate Human Resources Director will be the point of contact for employees with MSD concerns (either directly or via the Department Head/Manager).

Hazard Information and Reporting

Information will be provided to employees periodically on:

  1. Ergonomic risk factors (force, repetition, awkward postures, static postures, contract stress, vibration, cold temperatures)
  2. Signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders
  3. Importance of reporting signs and symptoms early to prevent damage
  4. Requirements of the Ergonomics standard
  5. How and when to report MSD concerns (to manager, department head or directly to Associate Human Resources Director) without fear of reprisal

When Concerns Arise

When an employee notifies the Associate Human Resources Director (either directly or via the department) prompt care will be given:

  1. If medical treatment is necessary, this will be administered via the Workers’ Compensation program.
  2. A thorough investigation of the injured employee’s work area will be conducted, and the Associate Human Resources Director will work with employee and department to eliminate the MSD hazard within 90 days.
  3. A thorough investigation of the injured employee’s work area will be conducted, and the Associate Human Resources Director will work with employee and department to eliminate the MSD hazard within 90 days.
  4. Verification will be made after 30 days to ensure the change worked.
  5. The Corporation will comply with applicable ergonomics regulations.