What Is Osha´s General Duty Clause?

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Issues such as the one outlined in this scenario and other ergonomic concerns in the workplace are well suited for OSHA’s General Duty Clause. One of the reasons for this is because the General Duty Clause is a broad but yet effective regulation tool that allows it to adapt to the work environment. Simply put, the General Duty Clause ensures that employees are “free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm to employees” (OSHA, 2016). Ergonomic issues fall nicely here because of the broad umbrella OSHA has to mitigate and protect employees from hazards. With that said, it does fall on the employee to properly use their equipment, tools, and training to protect themselves from the effects of ergonomic
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