On August 15, 2002, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Board) received a petition from Tom Rankin, President, California Labor Federation, requesting the Board to amend Section 5110, Repetitive Motion Injuries.  At the September 19, 2002 Board Meeting the California Labor Federation submitted an addendum to their original petition for Board consideration.


During the Business Meeting on September 19, 2002, the Board directed the Division staff to consider convening a working group to gather information that will assist the Board in considering and acting on Petition 448.  The Board also requested that a proposal be developed listing the issues to be discussed by the working group.


In accordance with the Board's direction, the Division has developed a draft proposal for Board consideration at the October 17, 2002 Board meeting.  The regulated public will be provided an opportunity to comment on this matter.




The Division can host a meeting in November, which could include the following:


(1) A review of the Division's enforcement experience with 5110, to include a summary of available statistics on the number of inspections conducted, the number and types of 5110 citations issued, and any quantitative data available on the Division's enforcement of Section 5110.


(2) A descriptive account of how RMI inspections are conducted, how the criteria of paragraphs (a) and (c) of Section 5110 are addressed in these inspections, and what other issues in connection with Section 5110 have significant impacts on the course of a 5110 inspection.


(3) If participants in the meeting who are experts are willing and able to provide one, a review of recent studies regarding the effect of ergonomics programs in reducing RMIs.


(4) Solicitation of comments from the Working Group members on the proposal provided by the California Labor Federation at the September Standards Board meeting.


(5) Solicitation from Working Group members who believe that section 5110 should be amended of suggestions for refinements or alternative approaches to the California Labor Federation proposal.


Proposed Working Group Composition:

Four Management representatives; four Labor representatives to be chosen by the California Labor Federation; and four representatives of the professional community, two to be chosen by the management representatives, two to be chosen by the California Labor Federation.