Two Days Added to Portland Ergo Proposal Hearing

A public hearing on OSHA's proposed ergonomics standard will now run from April 24 to May 5, in the Mark Hatfield Federal Court House in Portland, Ore.

, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The April 24 Portland hearing continues the public hearing process, which began March 13 in Washington, D.C., and will continue April 11 in Chicago.

The agency has already notified participants whose scheduled presentation times have changed for the Portland hearings..

Some groups scheduled to testify at that hearing include Oregon AFL-CIO, National Coalition on Ergonomics, Oregon Tradeswomen, Coca-Cola Enterprises and WORKSAFE!

"Protecting workers against painful and potentially disabling musculoskeletal disorders is OSHA's top priority," said OSHA Administrator Charles N. Jeffress. "Holding the public hearing in three locations will enable us to get valuable feedback on our proposal from participants across the country.

Jeffress noted that American working men and women suffer more than 1.8 million injuries related to overexertion or repetitive motion each year, including about 600,000 injuries serious enough to require time away from work for recovery.

The proposed OSHA standard would cover 27 million workers and prevent an average of 300,000 injuries each year, saving the economy $9 billion annually, according to OSHA.

Copies of the agenda for the Portland public hearing are available on the agency's Web site at www.osha.gov , under "Ergonomics."

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