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TRADE NEWS RELEASE
Monday, June 10, 2002
Contact: Layne Lathram
Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- Grocery stores and poultry processing will be the focus of the next two sets of industry-specific guidelines to reduce ergonomic-related injuries, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health John Henshaw announced today. Representatives from both industries will work with OSHA to develop the guidelines.
"The number of ergonomic-related injuries suffered by workers in the retail grocery store industry continues to rank near the top of the list," Henshaw explained. "While the rates in poultry processing aren't as high, workers still suffer from too many upper extremity disorders, such as tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
"Several stakeholders within the retail grocery and poultry processing industries have committed to working with us in developing the guidelines," Henshaw said. "Furthermore, many employers in both industries have already begun identifying and addressing ergonomic hazards. We applaud them for stepping forward and taking a proactive stance for their workers."
Draft guidelines for each of these industries are expected to be ready for public comment later this year. The guidelines will be made available for review on OSHA's website; a Federal Register notice will announce when the guidelines will be posted.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced April 18 that OSHA would work with representatives of the nursing home profession on the first set of ergonomic guidelines. That announcement set into motion the agency's comprehensive plan to reduce ergonomic injuries in the workplace which focuses on a combination of industry-targeted guidelines, tough enforcement measures, workplace outreach, advanced research and dedicated efforts to protect Hispanic and other immigrant workers.
Henshaw announced OSHA's plans to develop the two new sets of industry-specific ergonomic guidelines during his keynote address to the American Society of Safety Engineers' 2002 Professional Development Conference and Exposition in Nashville.
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