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Date: Setpember 19, 2002
Contact: Frank Meilinger
(202)693-1999

Statement by John L. Henshaw
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health

OSHA, North Carolina Department of Labor, American Furniture Manufacturers
Association Form Alliance on Voluntary Ergonomics Guidelines

The American Furniture Manufacturers Association and the North Carolina Department of Labor are to be congratulated for their new alliance designed to produce a voluntary guideline that will help furniture manufacturers reduce ergonomic hazards and injuries in their industry. OSHA is pleased to support the alliance and provide promotion and publication of the voluntary guideline.

This alliance is unique because it is the first to bring federal and state government together with industry to develop voluntary ergonomic guidelines for a specific industry. It is also the first example of a state stepping forward with an industry group to develop a voluntary ergonomic guideline based on OSHA's four-pronged approach to reduce ergonomic injuries.

North Carolina is a leader in workplace safety and health issues and endorses OSHA's four-pronged approach to ergonomics. Furniture manufacturers, their employees and their families throughout the country can benefit from the collective experience of the alliance participants. I believe their example serves as an outstanding model for other states interested in reducing ergonomic-related injuries.


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Editor's Note: The American Furniture Manufacturers Association and the North Carolina Department of Labor alliance was signed at a conference of the American Furniture Manufacturers in Myrtle Beach on Sept. 13.


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