"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
New Release USDL: 96-528
Monday, December 30, 1996
Contact: Stephen Gaskill, (202) 219-6091
OSHA, NIOSH Ergonomics Conference Scheduled For Chicago January 8 & 9
A national conference to discuss ways to combat one of the nation's fastest
growing threats to worker health will be convened in Chicago, Jan 8 & 9,
at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers.
"Ergonomics: Effective Workplace Practices And Programs, will provide a forum
for business, government, labor and others to share practical experience and
workplace programs designed to reduce and prevent repetitive stress injuries.
The conference is sponsored by the National Institute For Occupational Safety
And Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety And Health Administration
(OSHA) of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Key speakers at the conference will include: OSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary
Greg Watchman; Dr. Linda Rosenstock, Director of NIOSH; Peg Seminario, AFL-CIO
director of occupational health and safety; and Hank Lick, manager/industrial
hygiene of the Ford Motor Company.
Ergonomics, the science of adjusting the job to fit the body's needs, can
prevent repetitive stress injuries (RSIs), which comprise more than 100
different types of job-induced injuries and illnesses resulting from wear and
tear on the body. They can severely inhibit the ability to accomplish many
simple activities or destroy a worker's ability to continue to perform the
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.
Reporters wishing to attend the conference may preregister by calling the OSHA
Office of Public Affairs at (202) 219-8151.