Monday, December 11, 2006

Workers' safety merits spot on front burner

The state of politics in reducing ergonomic injuries ...

"This coming week, our new congressman is going to address some fellow members of the educated elite at a gathering sponsored by the Ivy Forum, which is supported by Louisville-area graduates of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, M.I.T., Penn, Princeton and Yale.

John Yarmuth is supposed to talk about "expectations for the Democratic majority in Congress." He almost certainly will talk about the war in Iraq and the minimum wage -- issues that figured in the just-concluded election.

I suggest he also talk about workplace safety.

... Back in 2001, Time magazine summed up the triumph of those who opposed tough ergonomics rules: "Clinton-sponsored regulations designed to reduce repetitive stress injuries take a big hit." The magazine reported that Labor Secretary Elaine Chao had assured safety advocates "that new, 'comprehensive' ergonomics guidelines will, in fact, be introduced and implemented quickly."

But earlier this year, when the AFL-CIO Safety and Health Office issued its annual profile of worker safety and health, its criticism of the Bush record, and of the agencies overseen by Chao, was caustic:

"Rule making at (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and (the Mine Safety and Health Administration) has virtually ground to a halt. During its first term, the administration moved to withdraw dozens of safety and health rules from the regulatory agenda, ceasing all action on the development of these important safety and health measures…. At MSHA, 17 safety and health rules were withdrawn, including rules on mine rescue teams and self-contained self-rescuers."    (Continued via Courier Journal)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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