OSHA last month withdrew two of its controversial proposals opposed by business groups.
The first would have required businesses to alter machines and workstations to lower noise levels, even if employees were already protected with ear plugs (see proposal at http://tinyurl.com/oshanoise). The second would have forced employers to report work-related musculoskeletal disorders (ergonomic injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome) on their OSHA 300 injury and illness logs.
OSHA left open the right to address both issues again in future regulations.
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