OSHA News Release - (Archived) Table of Contents
Archive Notice - OSHA Archive

NOTICE: This is an OSHA Archive Document, and may no longer represent OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only.
Trade News Release Banner Image


OSHA Trade Release
Thursday, May 8, 2003
Contact: Layne Lathram
Phone: (202) 693-1999


OSHA Invites Comments on Draft Ergonomics Guidelines For Retail Grocery Stores
Newest Draft Guidelines on OSHA's Website

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced today that the 2nd set of draft industry-specific ergonomics guidelines -- Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Guidelines for Retail Grocery Stores -- is available for public comment at /SLTC/ergonomics (select "guidelines"). The draft guidelines will be published in the May 9, 2003 Federal Register.

"In developing these guidelines, OSHA reviewed existing ergonomic practices and programs in the retail grocery industry, and visited grocery stores to observe programs in action," said John L. Henshaw, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. "The agency also considered the available scientific data, and conducted one-on-one meetings with stakeholder groups to gather the best information available on successful practices, programs and processes in the retail grocery store industry."

The draft guidelines consist of an introduction and two main sections. The introduction provides an overview of musculoskeletal disorders in retail grocery stores and explains the role of ergonomics in reducing these injuries. The first section describes how to develop and implement a strategy for analyzing the workplace, implementing ergonomic solutions, training employees, addressing injury reports, and evaluating progress. The