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National Advisory Committee on Ergonomics offers recommendations.

The National Advisory Committee on Ergonomics (NACE) recently met and presented its final recommendations to OSHA. NACE was formed by OSHA in 2002, but its charter ended in November 2004.

The Committee's final recommendations were to advise the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health on ergonomic guidelines, research, outreach and assistance.

The Committee was chartered to advise the assistant secretary on a number of issues involving information on various industry or task specific guidelines including: 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 to communicate the value of ergonomics to employers and employees; and ways to increase communication among stakeholders on the issue of ergonomics.

After the group's final meeting in December 2004, it reached a consensus on five statements that were presented to OSHA with the intent that they will be useful to guide the agency throughout its comprehensive approach to reduce musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the workplace. The following statement is intended to be the overarching theme: "The pursuit of a single definition of MSDs has not reached consensus.

Accordingly, OSHA should continue the development of guidelines independent of any final definition of musculoskeletal disorder."

For a complete list of the statements and other recommendations, visit www.osha.gov.
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Date:Feb 1, 2005
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