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OSHA Trade Release
June 26, 2003
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999


OSHA Extends Comment Period on
Draft Ergonomics Guidelines For Retail Grocery Stores
Stakeholder Meeting Scheduled for Sept. 18, 2003

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will announce in tomorrow's Federal Register a 45-day extension of the comment period on the agency's draft guidelines for preventing musculoskeletal disorders in the retail grocery store industry.

OSHA has received several requests from interested members of the public asking for additional time to comment on the draft guidelines first published May 9. Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Draft Guidelines for Retail Grocery Stores is now available for comment until Aug. 22, 2003.

This is the second in a series of industry-specific guidelines for the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace. The guidelines are intended to provide practical solutions for reducing ergonomic-related injuries and illnesses in retail grocery stores. They do not address warehouses, convenience stores, or business operations that may be located within grocery stores, such as banks, post offices or coffee shops, although they may be useful to employers and workers in those workplaces.

OSHA has also scheduled a public stakeholder meeting on Sept. 18, 2003, to discuss the draft guidelines. The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW, in Washington.

Persons wishing to comment on the draft retail grocery store ergonomics guidelines should submit three copies of those comments no later than Aug. 22, 2003 to: OSHA Docket Office, Docket GE2003-1, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20210. Comments of 10 pages or fewer may be submitted via fax by calling (202) 693-1648. Finally, comments and information on ones intention to participate in the stakeholder meeting can also be sent electronically to http://ecomments.osha.gov.

Copies of the guidelines can be downloaded from OSHA's website and are also available by calling OSHA toll-free at (800) 321-OSHA (6742) or faxing a request to (202) 693-2498. Additional information on submitting comments is available in the (DATE) Federal Register notice or by calling the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY (877) 889-5627).

On June 3, OSHA published Guidelines for Poultry Processing, the third set in the series. Earlier this year, the agency announced that the shipyard industry would be the focus of the fourth set of industry-specific guidelines to reduce ergonomic-related injuries.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses, and protecting America's workers. Safety and health add value to business, the workplace and life. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

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