Tuesday, February 07, 2006

National Coalition Criticizes Granholm Veto; Bill Would Have Prevented Mich. OSHA from Pursuing Controversial Regulation

Governors veto of ergonomics bill critisized ...

"The National Coalition on Ergonomics (NCE) today criticized Gov. Jennifer Granholm's (D) veto of a bill that would have blocked the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration from issuing potentially complex, burdensome, and expensive ergonomic standards.

"Developing an ergonomics regulation only impedes Michigan employers in their efforts to be competitive with producers in other states and countries," said Randel K. Johnson, chair of the National Coalition on Ergonomics, and vice president for Labor, Immigration and Employee Benefits of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a member of the coalition. "The overall injury and illness rates in the workplace have continued to decline as company-specific programs have been implemented. The principles underlying the Michigan effort have been rejected by voters in the State of Washington, as well as by Congress. There is neither a scientific nor a political foundation for such a regulation.

"Gov. Granholm's suggestion that the ban on an ergonomics regulation was 'a solution in search of a problem,' indicates a lack of understanding of this issue. By overriding this ban, she will be creating more problems in an already complex and unsettled area," added Johnson. "The best approach to ergonomics is one based on more scientific research, more emphasis on best practices, and more clarity regarding what is work-related and what is not."   continued ...   (Via Businesswire)

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