Ergonomics Assist Systems & Equipment Council Signs Letter of Agreement with the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Ergonomic Assist Systems & Equipment Council (EASE) announced that it has signed a letter of agreement with The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The letter represents a collaboration of the two organizations to help ensure the safety and health of workers.

"We are excited to join with NIOSH to find ways to improve the workplace environment. These types of partnerships are critical when it comes to finding the best solutions for workers' health and safety concerns," says Ray Niemeyer, Managing Executive of EASE.

Through this partnership NIOSH and EASE will:
--Collaborate and share information on occupational safety and health issues that affect the retail community through:
--Develop and disseminate information on worker safety and health
--Participate at conferences, meetings and other key events addressing occupational safety and health issues
--Advance the effectiveness of occupational safety and health research
--Promote and facilitating the transfer and workplace implementation of effective occupational injury prevention strategies and technologies

"We are pleased to join with our partners in EASE to advance our common goal of safer and healthier working environments for those who perform this vital type of work," said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D.

In February 2012, EASE, in conjunction with NIOSH, will be hosting a two-day workshop entitled, "Engineered Solutions for Manual Handling Jobs" at MODEX 2012 in Atlanta, GA, the newest expo for the manufacturing, distribution and supply chain industries. The workshop will focus on providing unique opportunities through panel discussions to see and hear from retailers, wholesalers, and warehouse safety and loss prevention representatives the problems associated with manual material handling jobs.

Engineered Solutions for Manual Handling Jobs
When: February 8 & 9, 2012
Where: Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA
Registration Site: Visit MODEX 2012 for more information and to register.
Registration Fee: $200; late fee $250
Note: No exhibits, no sales presentations

Ergonomic Assist Systems and Equipment (EASE)
EASE is a Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) Industry Group that is the resource for trends, information, practices, equipment, and organizations that focus on ergonomics and improving the working interface between people and the materials they must move and use to reduce injury, increase productivity while providing a significant return on investment. For more information visit

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
NIOSH is the federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing work-related injuries and illnesses. NIOSH was established under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and is located within the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For further information, visit

Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA)
MHIA is an international trade association that has represented the material handling and logistics industry since 1945. Much of the work of the industry is done within its product-specific Industry Groups. The association sponsors trade events, such as MODEX 2012 and ProMat 2013 to showcase the products and services of the industry and to educate manufacturing, distribution and supply chain professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling, logistics and related activity.

Contact: Carol Miller, Vice President of Marketing & Communications, MHIA (704) 676-1190/800-345-1815.