Monday, July 14, 1997

Rick Rice
Troy Swauger
(415) 972-8835

California's Ergonomic Regulation Effective July 3

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health reminds employers that the newly approved state regulation to minimize work-related repetitive motion injuries (RMI) goes into effect today.

The new Title 8 section 5110, entitled Repetitive Motion Injuries, was approved in June by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL), California's administrative oversight agency, and was immediately filed with the office of the Secretary of State, becoming effective today.

The regulation, which was legislatively mandated, applies to businesses having 10 or more employees. It is triggered only when at least two employees performing identical tasks have been diagnosed with work-related RMIs within 12 consecutive months. Should that occur, the regulation calls for the employer to evaluate the affected worksite and to establish and implement a program designed to correct or minimize the condition by controlling the exposures that cause RMI and through training to affected employees.

A copy of the ergonomic standard is available on the Internet home page of the Department of Industrial Relations ( under the Cal/OSHA Standards Board section. It can also be obtained by calling the D.I.R. Public Information Office at 415/972-8844. In addition, the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service is trained in providing information to employers on how to comply with the standard and minimize work-related repetitive motion injuries.

The Consultation Service maintains offices in Anaheim, Los Angeles, Santa Fe Springs, San Diego, Fresno, Sacramento and San Mateo. Their telephone numbers are listed in the government pages of the telephone directory, under Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Cal/OSHA Consultation Service.