STATE OF CALIFORNIA - DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS GRAY DAVIS, Governor
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY
AND HEALTH STANDARDS BOARD
2520 Venture Oaks Way, Suite 350
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 274-5721
FAX (916) 274-5743
Website address
www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb

April 4, 2003

To: All Interested Parties

Subject:     Advisory Committee to consider proposed amendments to General Industry Safety Orders (GISO), Section 5110 Repetitive Motion Injuries

The purpose of this letter is to notify you, as an interested party, of an ad hoc advisory committee to be convened by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Division) and the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Board) in Sacramento, California on April 28, 2003. The advisory committee will consider proposed amendments to Title 8, GISO, Section 5110 regarding ergonomic hazards and the prevention of repetitive motion injuries. In addition to reviewing, commenting on, and proposing amendments to Section 5110, the advisory committee will consider administrative alternatives to improve enforcement of Section 5110 and explore the employer’s obligation to address RMIs under Section 3203, Injury and Illness Prevention Program. As part of the advisory process the committee will review the documents referenced below, along with other relevant information, and staff will report back to the Board in May 2003. Although the Board relies primarily on the selected committee members, interested parties may attend the meeting and provide comments to the extent that time allows.

The time, date, and location for the Advisory Committee meeting are as follows:

Monday April 28, 2003, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Department of Toxic Substances Control
8800 Cal Center Drive
Hearing Room
Sacramento, CA 95826

Background:

On February 20, 2003 the Board considered Petition 448 from the California Labor Federation proposing amendments to California Code of Regulations Title 8, Section 5110, Repetitive Motion Injuries. The Board’s petition decision directed Board and Division staff to convene and co-chair an advisory committee to:

· Consider the petitioner’s recommended amendments to Section 5110 submitted to the Board on September 19, 2002
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Review the record assembled during the Board’s consideration of Petition 448
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Consider administrative alternatives to improve enforcement of Section 5110
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Explore the employer’s obligation to address repetitive motion injuries under Title 8 Section 3203, Injury and Illness Prevention Program
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Specifically review, comment on and propose amendments to Section 5110, including a draft proposal submitted by the Division in its evaluation of Petition 448
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Report back to the Board within three months

Purpose of the Advisory Committee:

The purpose of the advisory committee process is to assist the Board in developing necessary and effective regulations. The advisory committee functions as a working group to provide input on the necessity for, and the structure of, proposed changes to regulations. The Board has used advisory committees for years as an effective method to reach consensus among affected parties (stakeholders).

Background Documents:

A website with links to documents developed in the course of the Board’s consideration of Petition 448 is available to assist participants with preparation for this meeting. A copy of the website page listing the documents available at this site is attached. The website can be found at http://www.dir.ca.gov/DOSH/DOSHreg/AdvisoryCommSec5110.html. If you need help accessing these documents please contact Tom Mitchell or Bob Barish at the phone numbers provided below.

Attached for your information are the following:

1. Advisory Committee Roster.
2. Meeting Agenda.
3. Website page listing background documents.

Should you have any questions about this meeting please contact one of the following co-chairpersons: Tom Mitchell at (916) 274-5730 or Bob Barish at (415) 703-5161.

Sincerely,

 

Tom Mitchell
Senior Industrial Hygienist
Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board
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