First Meeting Scheduled for National Advisory Committee on Ergonomics

The National Advisory Committee on Ergonomics (NACE) will hold its first meeting in Washington, D.C., on January 22.

"Our comprehensive plan for reducing ergonomic-related injuries in the workplace will succeed based on numerous factors, one of which is the advice and counsel we'll receive from the experts on our advisory committee," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "We look forward to the first meeting and the discussions to follow as we work to drive down injuries and illnesses related to ergonomics in the workplace."

Along with an introduction of committee members and an overview and brief history of the agency's activities related to ergonomics, the agenda includes discussions on information related to industry- or task-specific guidelines; identifying gaps in existing research on ergonomics in the workplace; research needs and efforts; outreach and assistance methods to communicate the value of ergonomics; and increasing communication among stakeholders.

The committee will meet at the Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW in Washington, beginning at 9 a.m. The public is invited to attend. For more information about NACE, read the articles "Chao Names 15 to National Advisory Committee on Ergonomics" and "Ergo Experts Expect Little from Advisory Committee."

NACE is chartered initially for two years and is expected to meet two to four times annually to advise the OSHA administrator on issues related to OSHA's four-pronged approach to reducing ergonomic-related injuries in the workplace guidelines, research, outreach and assistance and enforcement.

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