"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
News Release USDL: 97-281
Tuesday, August 12, 1997
Contact: Christy Setzer, (202)219-8148
OSHA Sets First Regional Conference On Ergonomics
For Sept. 17 In New York
The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) will launch the first in a series of
conferences on ways to combat repetitive stress injuries, one of
the fastest-growing, most costly threats to worker health, in
Lockport, N.Y., on Sept. 17. The session, which will run from
7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., will be held at the OSHA Training Institute
Education Center at Niagara County Community College.
"Effective Practices in Ergonomics" will enable workers,
unions, employers, trade and professional associations, academics
and government to share information about effective solutions to
reduce exposures to ergonomic hazards in the workplace. The
conference is co-sponsored by OSHA and Niagara County Community
"Musculo-skeletal disorders stemming from ergonomic hazards
represent the single largest group of preventable job injuries
and illnesses in the United States today. It's crucial that we
work together to find ways to prevent repetitive stress
injuries," said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health, Gregory R. Watchman.
Watchman will serve as the keynote speaker for the
conference. Other speakers include Ken Swan, Mayor of Lockport,
N.Y., and Eric Frumin of UNITE, the Union of Needletrades,
Industrial and Textile Employees.
"Effective Practices" expands on the national ergonomics
conference sponsored by OSHA and the National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health, held Jan. 8-9 in Chicago. The
second of ten regional ergonomics conferences is scheduled for
Oct. 30 in Chicago.
"Holding the conference in Lockport makes it convenient and
economical for those in the New York area who were unable to
attend the Chicago conference," said OSHA Regional Administrator
Paying attention to ergonomics, the science of adjusting the
job to fit the worker's needs, can prevent repetitive stress
injuries (RSIs), resulting from wear and tear on the body. These
injuries can diminish a worker's ability to perform their jobs
and even simple daily activities.
In recent years, the rapid growth of computer-based jobs
involving intensive keying has increased the incidence of RSI
problems, as have the doubling of the poultry-processing
workforce and the automation of that industry. RSI problems also
occur as a result of heavy lifting, awkward posture, repetitive
motion or a combination of these factors.
For more information or to register for the conference,
contact Sharon Zimmerman, Assistant to the Coordinator, at the
Niagara County Community College at (716) 433-1856.