Monday, September 22, 2008

Another battle shaping over ergonomics

Ergonomics standards being considered again ...

"The business community is preparing for another battle over workplace ergonomics regulations.

In 2001, business lobbyists convinced Congress to overturn an ergonomics regulation issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the waning months of the Clinton administration. The regulation would have required businesses to establish programs to reduce musculoskeletal injuries such as back sprains and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Businesses contended the cost of implementing the regulations – at least $100 billion, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – would far exceed its benefits. A Republican-controlled Congress and President Bush agreed, and businesses won a victory, said Randel Johnson, the chamber’s vice president of labor, immigration and employee benefits.

Come January, however, a new president will take office and Democrats may strengthen their control of the House and the Senate."    (Continued via East Bay Business Times)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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