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Health Agencies Update
November 18, 1998

Occupational Injuries

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JAMA. 1998;280(19):1649. doi:10.1001/jama.280.19.1649-JHA80009-3-1

A new report by the National Research Council that examines the link between such workplace activities as lifting and repetitive motions and musculoskeletal disorders concludes that numerous safety measures could reduce such injuries.

Advocates of new standards for workplace safety said the study provides support for their contention that more rigorous standards are needed. Last year, the US Congress enacted legislation that barred the Occupational Safety and Health Administration from issuing new safety guidelines aimed at reducing musculoskeletal disorders, such as back injuries and tendinitis.

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