OSHA to Form Ergonomics Advisory Committee

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

"Our four-pronged approach for continuing and accelerating the reduction of ergonomic-related injuries and illnesses in the workplace— guidelines, research, outreach and assistance, and enforcement— will benefit from the experience and expertise of the members of this committee," said Henshaw. "I expect the committee to be a valuable resource in helping OSHA accelerate the decline of these types of injuries."

The committee will advise on a number of 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; and ways to increase communication among stakeholders on the issue of ergonomics.