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National News Release
USDL 04-1655-NAT
September 2, 2004
Contact: Al Belsky
Phone: (202) 693-1999

Ergonomics Guidelines Announced for Poultry Processing Industry
OSHA's industry-specific guidelines focus on practical solutions

WASHINGTON -- Employers and workers in the poultry processing industry have a set of guidelines to draw on to help reduce ergonomic-related injuries, OSHA Administrator John Henshaw announced today. Guidelines for Poultry Processing offers practical recommendations for employers to reduce the number and severity of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) throughout the industry.

"Most poultry processing facilities have made substantial efforts to address work-related MSDs," Henshaw said. "Those results demonstrate that methods are available to better protect workers from injury during poultry processing operations. The guidelines we're announcing today will not hinder those efforts; on the contrary, they incorporate many of those successful solutions.

"These are voluntary guidelines intended to build upon progress made in the poultry processing industry," Henshaw emphasized. "We will continue working with those who've helped us deliver this important product -- individual firms in the industry, trade and professional associations, labor organizations, and the medical community -- to reduce ergonomic-related injuries, which is always our principal goal