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Webinar Focuses on New Construction Safety Standard

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will host a webinar on the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) voluntary consensus standard "reduction of ...

July 25, 2008

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will host a webinar on the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) voluntary consensus standard "reduction of Musculoskeletal Problems in Construction" (ANSI/ASSE A10.40-2007), a standard aimed at reducing musculoskeletal problems/disorders (MSDs) in the construction industry, on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 from noon until 1:30 p.m. CST.

During the session, the ANSI/ASSE A10 Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) on Construction and Demolition Operations members Frank Burg of Accident Prevention Corporation, Scott Schneider of the Laborers International Union of North American and Richard King of Black & Veatch will introduce the A10.40 standard and discuss how employers and employees can implement it into their construction and demolition operations.

The objectives of the webinar are to:

  • learn the components of the standard
  • discover what factors can lead to musculoskeletal problems on construction and demolition sites
  • examine how to implement the outcomes from use of the standard on work sites.

The construction industry is one of the most hazardous industries in the U.S. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2006 there were 2,640 non-fatal occupational repetitive motion injuries and 26,680 non-fatal overexertion injuries in the construction industry. 

According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), types of MSDs include back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, rotator cuff syndrome, sprains, and strains. NIOSH notes that work-related MSDs are caused by work conditions and activities such as lifting, repetitive movements and confined areas.

Some of the potential solutions in the A10.40 standard aimed at reducing MSDs include:

  • risk elimination
  • substitution
  • use of engineering controls
  • administrative changes
  • training
  • use of protective equipment
  • assessment of individuals’ physical capabilities.

Burg and Schneider will lead the webinar and King will give the introduction and assist with questions and answers. Burg served as A10.40 subgroup chair, is an active member of the A10 Committee and has significant experience with construction and demolition operations.

For more information on how to reduce the risk of MSDs in construction visit NIOSH at www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2007-122/ for its booklet titled Simple Solutions: Ergonomics for Construction Workers. For more information on the A10.40 standard see http://www.asse.org/publications/standards/a10/a10.40.php and http://www.asse.org/newsroom/release.php?pressRelease=1085. 

This webinar features many tools including an interactive question and answer component; interactive polling for real-time feedback; and document downloads. For more information about the webinars contact Dan McNeill at dmcneill@asse.org or call 847-768-3437. To register contact ASSE Customer Service at 847-699-2929 or e-mail customerservice@asse.org. Registration includes an electronic copy of the A10.40 standard and a link to the recorded version of the session.

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