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OSHA National News Release
U.S. Department of Labor
"This document was published prior to the publication of OSHA's final rule on Ergonomics Program (29 CFR 1910.900, November 14, 2000), and therefore does not necessarily address or reflect the provisions set forth in the final standard."
Friday, August 29, 1997
Contact: Frank Kane,(202) 219-8151
OSHA PLANS EVENING TOWN HALL MEETING WITH REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON ERGONOMICS SEPT. 17 IN LOCKPORT, N.Y., FOR PUBLIC INPUT ON STANDARD
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will conduct a town hall meeting in the evening after its Sept. 17 regional conference on ergonomics in Lockport, N.Y., to give the public an opportunity to provide input on what should be included in an ergonomics program management standard.
The day session in the conference on "Effective Practices in Ergonomics" will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the OSHA Training Institute Education Center at Niagara County Community College in Lockport.
The town hall meeting designed to gather public input on a standard will begin at 6 p.m. and run for about two hours. The meeting is for workers, health care providers/the medical community, industry, small business and any others interested in the standard.
"Developing an ergonomics standard is one aspect of OSHA's four-pronged approach to reducing repetitive stress injuries, one of the fastest-growing, most costly threats to American workers' health," said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Gregory R. Watchman. "We want the widest possible input from those interested in such a standard."
The other parts of the OSHA approach to reducing repetitive stress injuries are education, research and enforcement.
OSHA plans to hold town hall meetings to provide public input for an ergonomics standard in conjunction with each of 10 regional conferences on ergonomics. Those conferences enable workers, unions, employers, trade and professional associations, academics and government to share information about effective solutions to reduce exposures to ergonomic hazards in the workplace.
The Lockport conference, co-sponsored with Niagara County Community College, is the first. The second will be Oct. 30 in Chicago.
For more information or to register for the Lockport conference, contact Sharon Zimmerman, Assistant to the Coordinator, at the Niagara County Community College, at (716) 433-1856. No registration is required for the town hall meeting.
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