The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is still accepting comments on its proposed ergonomics regulations until Feb. 1, but it wants to have the sweeping program in place by the end of 2000.
In the meantime, Republicans in Congress are trying to block the rules until a report lands next year from the National Academy of Sciences, and businesses are vowing to fight the rules in court.
One possible benefit to thinking about ergonomics now: OSHA's proposal includes a grandfather clause for employers who have a program in place when the new regulations take effect, as long as it meets the basic requirements and you do the recordkeeping.
In releasing the proposal, Labor Secretary Alexis Herman called work-related problems such as back injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome "the most prevalent, most expensive and most preventable workplace injuries" in the United States. Yet fewer than a third of the ge...(register to read more)
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