Ergonomics advisory committee is formed

John L Henshaw, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, has announced details about the formation of the National Advisory Committee on Ergonomics. This committee is part of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) approach to reducing ergonomic-related injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

This committee will advise on issues involving:

  • Information on various industry or task-specific guidelines.

  • Identification of gaps in the existing research on ergonomics and the application of ergonomic principles to the workplace.

  • Current and projected research needs and efforts.

  • Methods of providing outreach and assistance that will communicate the value of ergonomics to employers and employees.

  • Ways to increase communication among stakeholders on the issue of ergonomics.

The committee will consist of 15 members selected for expertise and/or experience with ergonomic issues. OSHA will accept nominations from interested parties for membership on the committee. The committee will report to the assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. Details of the nomination procedure are contained in a notice published May 2, 2002, in the Federal Register.

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