OSHA Issues Directive on Amputation

Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an update to its National Emphasis Program on Amputations directive. The program, in effect since 2006, targets industries with high numbers and rates of amputations. The update uses current enforcement data and Bureau of Labor Statistics injury data to revise the list of manufacturing industries targeted for inspection.

“Workers injured from unguarded machinery and equipment can suffer permanent disability or lose their lives,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “This directive will help ensure that employers identify and eliminate serious workplace hazards and provide safe workplaces for all workers.”

The update applies to workplaces where machinery or equipment likely to cause amputations is present. According to Bloomberg BNA, some 49 industries identified by the North American Industry Classification System were added, including: retail bakeries; motor home manufacturing; small arms ammunition manufacturing; and farm machinery and equipment manufacturing.