"This document was published prior to the publication of OSHA's final rule
on Ergonomics Program (29 CFR 1910.900, November 14, 2000), and therefore
does not necessarily address or reflect the provisions set forth in the
Wednesday, September 3, 1997
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OSHA To Hold Second Regional Ergonomics Conference On
October 30 In Chicago, Illinois -
Town Hall Meeting For
Public Input On Standard Will Follow *
The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) will hold the second of 10 regional conferences on ergonomics Oct.
30 in Chicago, Ill.
This regional conference, entitled "Practical Applications in
Ergonomics Today," focuses on ways to combat repetitive stress
injuries, one of the fastest growing and most costly threats to worker
"These conferences take a practical, problem-solving approach to
reduction of ergonomic hazards in the workplace," said Acting
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Gregory R.
Watchman. "We must work together to reduce musculoskeletal disorders
that result from such hazards. These disorders represent the largest group
of preventable job injuries and illnesses in the United States."
"Effective Practices in Ergonomics" will enable workers,
unions, employers, trade and professional associations, academics and
government to share information about effective solutions to reducing
exposures to ergonomic hazards in the workplace.
The conference is designed specifically for small to mid-size businesses
and will promote the use of ergonomic principles to improve worker safety,
health, quality and productivity. It will focus on lessons learned from
successful workplace ergonomic programs and will encourage the exchange of
ergonomic program experience and knowledge among the participants.
The conference is co-sponsored by OSHA and its Region V National Safety
Education Center, which includes the National Safety Council, Northern
Illinois University and the Construction Safety Council.
The conference will be held on Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at
McCormick Place-East in Chicago. The cost of attending is $40. Advance
registration is necessary. For further information, call 1-800-539-7468.
At 6 p.m., OSHA will hold a town hall meeting to give the public an
opportunity to provide input on what should be included in an ergonomics
program management standard. The meeting is for workers, health care
providers/the medical community, industry, small business and any others
interested in the standard. No registration is required for the town hall
"Developing an ergonomics standard is one aspect of OSHA's
four-pronged approach to reducing repetitive stress injuries," said
Watchman. "We want the widest possible input from those interested in
such a standard."
The other parts of the OSHA approach to reducing repetitive stress
injuries are education, research and enforcement.
The first regional conference on ergonomics is scheduled for Sept. 17 in
Lockport, N.Y. Information on that Sept. 17 conference is available from
Sharon Zimmerman, Assistant to the Coordinator, at Niagara County
Community College at (716) 433-1856. A town hall meeting on an ergonomics
standard will follow that conference.
* Town Hall Meeting originally scheduled has been postponed. Details
will be announced when it is rescheduled.