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NIOSH Ergonomics Research and Information
Provides a listing of NIOSH publications and other resources, including a searchable bibliographic database of occupational safety and health publications, documents, grant reports and journal articles supported in whole or in part by NIOSH.

Washington State Department of Labor and Industry: Ergonomics Ideas Bank
The Ergonomics Ideas Bank includes a searchable collection of ideas to reduce exposure to awkward postures, high hand force, repetitive motions, lifting, vibration and other risk factors for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) in the work place.

Washington State Department of Labor and Industry: Ergonomics Evaluation Tools
The Ergonomic Evaluation Tools page provides three evaluation tools, including Lifting Calculator, Hazard Zone Checklist and Caution Zone Checklist.

Human Resources:
U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services
Formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), USCIS is responsible for the administration of immigration and naturalization adjudication functions and establishing immigration services, policies and priorities.

U.S. Department of Labor
The DOL fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners and retirees of the U.S.

OSHA Resouces:
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA assures the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in work place safety and health.

The Alliance Program enables trade or professional organizations, employers, labor organizations and educational institutions that share an interest in workplace safety and health to collaborate with OSHA to prevent injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

Compliance Assistance and Cooperative Programs
This page serves as a portal to all compliance assistance resources, including links to eTools and safety and health topics pages, publications, case studies and success stories, public service announcments and training resources. In addition, it also includes frequently asked questions, sample safety and health programs, a listing of industry-specific resources and links to compliance assistance resources from other federal agencies.

Compliance Assistance: Hispanic Employers and Workers
This page provides links to OSHA's Spanish-language resources, including Web pages, fact sheets, public service annoucnements, toll-free hotline, success stories and eTools. It is intended for English-speaking and bilingual users and is designed to complement the OSHA en Espanol site.

Effective Ergonomics: Strategy for Success
OSHA's Ergonomics Safety and Health Topics page outlines OSA's four-pronged approach to ergonomics and provides information on ergonomic-related resources.

Meat Packing Industry Safety and Health Topics
OSHA's Meat Packing Plant Information page focuses on issues specific to the meat and poultry industry. The page provides information related to the meat packing industry including OSHA standards, possible solutions for industry hazards and additional resources.

On-Site Consultation
Small businesses, particularly those in high-hazard industires or involved in hazardous operations, can use this free service to help improve their safety performance. Safety and health consultants work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards and assist in establishing safety and health programs.

Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP)
Employers that participate in the On-Site Consultion Program may seek recognition under SHARP for their exemplary safety and health programs. SHARP profived incentives and support for small businesses to develop, implement and continuously improve safety and health programs.

Strategic Partnerships
Organizations can enter into Strategic Partnerships with OSHA to address specific safety and health issues. In a partnership, OSHA enters into an extended, voluntary, cooperative relationshop with groups of employers, employees and employee representatives in order to encourage, assist and reconize their efforts to eliminate serious hazards and achieve a high level of worker safety and health.

Voluntary Protection Program
OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) is designed to recognize and promote effective safety and health management. As part of VPP, management, labor and OSHA work together to pursuit a safe and health workplace.

Additional safety and health topics pages and eTools that add safety and health issues in the meat packing industry include:

Ammonia Refrigerations
Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention
Confined Spaces
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Hazard Communication
Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)
Machine Guarding
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Poultry Processing
Powered Industrial Trucks
Walking/Working Surfaces

Worker Safety:
Bureau of Labor Statistics

The BLS is the principal fact-finding agency for the federal government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NIOSH is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. NIOSH is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services.

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