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TRADE NEWS RELEASE
Thursday, November 14, 2002
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold a meeting for stakeholders on Nov. 18 to discuss the agency's draft ergonomics guidelines for nursing homes. The meeting will take place from 8:30-12:30 p.m. in the Concord A&B Room of the Hyatt Dulles Hotel, 2300 Dulles Corner Boulevard, Herndon, Va., 20171.
"This is an important phase in our effort to develop guidelines that will make a real difference in reducing ergonomic hazards in nursing homes," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "The stakeholder meeting is an opportunity to continue the dialogue with those who are most affected. We look forward to discussing comments, sharing additional information, and receiving suggestions on how to improve the guidelines."
Representatives from the nursing home and insurance industries, trade associations, and labor organizations are registered to participate in the meeting.
OSHA's comprehensive plan to reduce ergonomic injuries, announced in April, 2002, involves a combination of specific guidelines, enforcement measures, outreach, and research.
Guidelines, which target industries and tasks where musculoskeletal disorders are a problem, will offer employers and workers the flexibility they need to implement solutions that will be most effective and will protect workers from ergonomic hazards. The guidelines are intended to provide practical solutions for reducing ergonomic-related injuries and illnesses. They will not be used for enforcement purposes.
Editor's Note: Members of the media and other interested individuals are invited to observe the proceeding. Participation in the discussion will be limited to persons who responded to the Federal Register notice of Aug. 30. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.
This news release text is on the Internet at http://www.osha.gov. Information on this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 693-1999.
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