Sunday, February 01, 2009

State ergonomic rules opposed by Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce and other business groups

And the fight goes on ...

"A 400-word proposal is drawing a divide between business leaders and government administrators.

The Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce is rallying its members against proposed statewide workplace ergonomic rules, chamber President Mindy Bradish said.

A recent e-mail sent to members encouraged business owners to contact Gov. Jennifer Granholm and local legislators to oppose mandatory workplace regulations.

But state officials say Bradish and other business group leaders sounded the alarm too soon.

Two state commissions — the General Industry Safety Standards Commission and the Occupational Health Standards Commission — voted unanimously Jan. 14 to advance the proposed standards. The rules outline four provisions for general industry ergonomic standards, including training employees to recognize ergonomic hazards.

A 400-word proposal is drawing a divide between business leaders and government administrators.

The Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce is rallying its members against proposed statewide workplace ergonomic rules, chamber President Mindy Bradish said.

A recent e-mail sent to members encouraged business owners to contact Gov. Jennifer Granholm and local legislators to oppose mandatory workplace regulations.

But state officials say Bradish and other business group leaders sounded the alarm too soon.

Two state commissions — the General Industry Safety Standards Commission and the Occupational Health Standards Commission — voted unanimously Jan. 14 to advance the proposed standards. The rules outline four provisions for general industry ergonomic standards, including training employees to recognize ergonomic hazards."    (Continued via Jackson News, Heather Guenther)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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