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WASHINGTON, DC - The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has said it has agreed to work with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop voluntary ergonomics guidelines for retail grocery stores.
"Over the past decade, the food retail industry has taken the lead in reducing repetitive-motion injuries," said FMI President and CEO Tim Hammonds. "We are pleased to answer OSHA Administrator John Henshaw's call to join in the development of guidelines and information, which our member companies may use voluntarily to reduce injuries even further."
In April, Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao announced a comprehensive ergonomics initiative being undertaken by the agency. The plan includes the development of industry- and task-specific guidelines, which may be used by businesses and their associates to reduce ergonomic and repetitive-motion injuries.
FMI has already met with Secretary Chao and OSHA officials to review the voluntary programs that the food retail industry has introduced in recent years, and in the months ahead the Institute will be meeting with OSHA regularly to provide expertise and input on how best to continue reducing injuries.