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OSHA Trade Release
Thursday, July 24, 2003
Contact: Layne Lathram
Phone: (202) 693-1999
Stakeholder Meeting Scheduled for Oct. 2, 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 poultry processing industry.
OSHA has received several requests from interested members of the public asking for additional time to comment on the draft guidelines first published on June 4. Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Draft Guidelines for Poultry Processing is now available for comment until Sept. 18, 2003.
This is the third 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 the poultry processing industry.
OSHA has also scheduled a public stakeholder meeting on Oct. 2, 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, Washington, DC 20001. Interested parties must submit their intention to participate in the stakeholder meeting by Sept. 18, 2003.
Persons wishing to comment on the draft poultry processing ergonomics guidelines should submit three copies of those comments no later than Sept. 18, 2003 to: OSHA Docket Office, Docket GE2003-2, 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 one's 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 will be available in the July 25, Federal Register notice or by calling the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY (877) 889-5627).
The fourth set of industry-specific guidelines to reduce ergonomic-related injuries will address the shipyard industry. Those guidelines are expected to be available for comment later this year.
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