Many companies celebrated in April when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it would combat workplace ergonomic injuries through a new strategy of guidance, information and assistance, rather than heavy-handed rules on businesses.
OSHA's voluntary guidelines re-place the stricter standards issued by the Clinton administration, which were overturned by Congress last year. The industry-specific guides will be issued later this year, beginning with jobs that have the highest injury rates. (YATL, May 2002)
While the voluntary rules are a big win for business, they aren't a license to ignore the issue. Employers still have an interest in reducing their employees' exposure to repetitive-stress injuries on the job. Not only can they hurt your company's productivity and morale, but they also increase workers' comp and health costs. Another threat: OSHA still has the power to punish your company ...(register to read more)