Now Comes The Hard Part On Ergonomic Regulations

Insurers and risk managers heaved a huge sigh of relief back in early March when Congress voted to repeal federal ergonomics rules put out by the Clinton Administration shortly before leaving office. As written, critics insisted the Clinton rules would have undermined the state workers’ compensation system and unnecessarily raised loss control costs for employers.

However, to avoid being labeled an enemy of worker safety, the Bush Adminsitration immediately made it clear that they weren’t closing their minds to some sort of initiative by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to address perceived ergonomic problems.

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