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OSHA may not be breathing down your neck yet, but making your workplace ergonomically sound may just be good business.

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This story appears in the June 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

From the fast-food chain that got a 20 percent productivity boost to the appliance manufacturer who cut workers' compensation costs 80 percent, the examples are numerous and the message is clear: Paying attention to workplace ergonomics makes sense even if OSHA never institutes its new standards.

"It's just good business," says Rachel Michael, an ergonomist with ErgoWeb Inc., a Midway, Utah, ergonomics software and consulting company. "You will see improvements in injury rates, [workers'] compensation costs and insurance premiums, and you'll reduce costs for hiring temporary workers to replace injured people. There are also studies that show it's great for worker retention."

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