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September 28, 2001

Public forum planned Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Seattle regarding ergonomics rule

TUMWATER - Washington state's Blue Ribbon Panel on Ergonomics will host a public forum regarding the state's new workplace ergonomics rule. The forum will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Seattle Center's Olympic Room.

The panel, convened at the direction of Gov. Gary Locke, is reviewing efforts by the Department of Labor & Industries to implement the workplace ergonomics rule adopted in May 2000. The rule requires employers to protect their employees from work-related injuries such as back strain, tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

A number of business, academic, medical and labor leaders have been invited to speak at the forum regarding their experiences in implementing the new rule.  Time has been set aside for public comment at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The requirements of the ergonomics rule phase in over six years, beginning July 1, 2002.

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