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• Publication Date: 07/25/2003
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 68:44104-44105
• Title: Draft Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Guidelines for Poultry Processing

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. GE2003-2]

Draft Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Guidelines for Poultry Processing

AGENCY:
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); Department of Labor.

ACTION: Extension of comment period, announcement of public meeting.
SUMMARY: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is extending the comment period for its draft Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Guidelines for Poultry Processing (draft guidelines) an additional forty-five (45) days, until September 18, 2003, OSHA is also announcing that a public stakeholder meeting will be held on October 2, 2003, in Washington, DC.

DATES: Written Comments: Comments must be submitted by the following dates:

Hard Copy: You must submit your comments (postmarked or sent) by September 18, 2003.

Facsimile and electronic transmission: You must submit your comments by September 18, 2003. (Please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below for additional information on submitting comments.)

Stakeholder meeting: OSHA will hold a half-day stakeholder meeting to discuss the draft guidelines. The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2003, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Washington, DC. Interested persons must submit their intention to participate in the stakeholder meeting through express delivery, hand delivery, messenger service, fax, or electronic means by September 18, 2003.

ADDRESSES:

I. Submission of Comments and Intention To Participate in Stakeholder Meeting


Regular mail, express delivery, hand-delivery, and messenger service: You must submit three copies of your comments and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. GE2003-2, Room N-2625, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-2350 (OSHA's TTY number is (877) 889-5627). The OSHA Docket Office and the Department of Labor hours of operation are 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., E.S.T. You need only submit one copy of your intention to participate in the stakeholder meeting by express delivery, hand delivery, or messenger service to the above address.

Facsimile: If your comments, including any attachments, are 10 pages or fewer, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648. You must include the docket number of this document, Docket No. GE2003-2, in your comments. You may also fax your intention to participate in the stakeholder meeting.

Electronic: You may submit comments and your intention to participate in the stakeholder meeting through the Internet at http://ecomments.osha.gov/. (Please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below for additional information on submitting comments.)

II. Obtaining Copies of the Draft Guidelines

You can download the draft guidelines from OSHA's Web page at http://www.osha.gov. A printed copy of the draft guidelines is available from the OSHA Office of Publications, Room N-3101, U.S., Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; or by telephone at (800) 321-OSHA (6742). You may fax your request for a copy of the draft guidelines to (202) 693-2498.

III. Stakeholder Meeting

The stakeholder meeting will be held at the Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20001; telephone (202) 628-2100.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven F. Witt, OSHA Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Room N-3718, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-1950.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Extension of Comment Period


OSHA announced publication of its draft Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Guidelines for Poultry Processing in the Federal Register on June 4, 2003 (68 FR 33536). In that notice, the Agency provided the public with sixty (60) days to submit written comments, until August 4, 2003. Several interested persons requested that OSHA provide additional time to submit written comments on the draft guidelines. In light of the interest expressed by the public, and to provide a similar extension to that previously provided on OSHA's draft ergonomics guidelines for the retail grocery industry, OSHA is providing an additional forty-five (45) days for comment. Accordingly, written comments must now be submitted by September 18, 2003.

II. Submission of Comments and Internet Access to Comments

You may submit comments in response to this document by (1) hard copy, (2) fax transmission (facsimile), or (3) electronically through the OSHA Web page. You may supplement electronic submissions by uploading document files electronically. If you wish to mail additional materials in reference to an electronic submission, you must submit three copies of them to the OSHA Docket Office at the address above. The additional materials must clearly identify your electronic comments by name, date, subject and docket number so we can attach them to your comments. Because of security-related procedures the use of regular mail may cause a significant delay in the receipt of comments. Please contact the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY (877) 889-5627) for information about security procedures concerning the delivery of materials by express delivery, hand delivery and messenger service.

All comments and submissions will be available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office at the above address. Comments and submissions will be posted on OSHA's Web page at www.osha.gov. OSHA cautions you about submitting personal information such as social security numbers, date of birth, etc. Contact the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY (877) 889-5627) for information about materials not available through the OSHA Web page and for assistance in using the internet to locate docket submissions.

III. Stakeholder Meeting

Following the close of the comment period, OSHA will hold a stakeholder meeting in Washington, DC, at the Washington Court Hotel on Thursday, October 2, 2003 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Interested parties must submit their intention to participate in the stakeholder meeting by September 18, 2003 to allow the Agency to make appropriate plans for the meeting.

This notice was prepared under the direction of John L. Henshaw, Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health. It is issued under sections 4 and 8 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 653, 657).

Issued at Washington, DC, this 18 day of July, 2003

John L. Henshaw,
Assistant Secretary of Labor.


[FR Doc. 03-18959 Filed 7-24-03; 8:45 am]

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