The Joint Poultry Industry Safety and Health Committee, which is composed of representatives of the National Turkey Federation, the National Chicken Council and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, has submitted a response to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The issue relates to an official re-interpretation on requiring engineering solutions to noise in plants and the workplace.

The submission dated Feb. 22, 2011, claims that the proposal “marks a substantial departure from long standing OSHA enforcement positions, and imposes substantial additional costs on employers without producing a commensurate benefit to employees, and will have a disparate impact on employers based solely on their economic health, not the hazards to which their workers are exposed.”

The full text of the response can be accessed on the USPOULTRY website under position papers.