AMI recommended in comments submitted to OSHA today that the agency work with industry groups to develop voluntary ergonomic guidelines similar the "Ergonomics Program Management Guidelines for Meatpacking Plants." This voluntary cooperation between the meatpacking industry and OSHA has resulted in a 40 percent decline in worker illness and injury rates in the last decade. AMI's comments also reiterated that publishing a new, formal rule akin to the rule struck down by Congress is impractical due to limited scientific understanding and knowledge on the relationship between work, ergonomics and incidence of injury. AMI Director of Worker Safety and Human Resources Dan McCausland testified last month at an OSHA hearing in Washington. The Department of Labor is holding hearings over the summer to determine whether or not to issue a revised yet mandatory ergonomics standard.
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AMI Urges Voluntary Ergonomics Guidelines for All Industries in Comments to OSHAFriday, August 3, 2001