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    Proposed rulemaking on Ergonomic Safety and Health Management

Due to the recent increase in the reported cases of ergonomic disorders in the workplace, OSHA is announcing the initiation of rulemaking under section 6(b) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, and requesting information relevant to preventing, eliminating, and reducing occupational exposure to ergonomic hazards. OSHA is considering the development of a safety and health management standard that would address ergonomic hazards in the workplace for general industry or specific industries or subsectors within general industry, as well as for maritime, construction, and agriculture industries. This Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) briefly summarizes the ongoing activities in this area;describes information available to OSHA concerning ergonomic factors and requests information for consideration in the development of a standard. Interested parties are invited to submit data, comments, and other pertinent information regarding OSHA''s development of a proposed standard addressing ergonomic hazards. OSHA is considering the need to hold several informal public meetings in various locations throughout the United States to permit oral presentations of additional comments, information, and data concerning the development of a regulation addressing ergonomic hazards in the workplace. Interested persons are invited to submit data, views, and arguments with respect to this advance notice of proposed rulemaking in quadruplicate to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. S-777, OSHA 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Room N-2625, Washington, D.C. 20210, PH (202)523-7984. Comments on the ANPR may NOT be sent by facsimile. All comments must be received by February 1, 1993.