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November 5, 2003

L&I issues statement on repeal of ergonomics rule

TUMWATER — The November 4 vote on Initiative 841 resolves the debate about the ergonomics rule. Voters have said they don't believe a mandatory rule is appropriate.

The initiative heightened awareness of ergonomics and generated a broader discussion of this important safety issue. Both sides of the debate have said that use of proper ergonomic techniques belongs in the workplace and benefits employers as well as workers. We look forward to working collaboratively with labor and business to reduce these costly injuries.

We will be concentrating on educating workers and employers on the importance of preventing these types of injuries and proper techniques they can use.

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For media information, call Steve Pierce at 360-902-5412 or e-mail: piet235@lni.wa.gov.

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