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OSHA Ergonomics Proposal Moves Forward in the Rulemaking Process

  • June 15, 2000

Staying on the fast track approval process, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has completed the round of public hearings on the ergonomics standard proposal. About 1,100 individuals were scheduled to testify in Washington, Chicago and Portland, Oregon. OSHA's proposed ergonomics standard would cover 27 million workers at 1.9 million general industry sites and is expected to prevent an average of 300,000 injuries and generate $9 billion in savings each year. However, employer groups have voiced their concern that the proposal will, in fact, cost businesses enormous sums of money to comply with its far-reaching requirements. OSHA received nearly 7,000 comments on the proposal during the 100-day public comment period that closed March 2, 2000. For a detailed explanation of the proposal, please see the January/February 2000 Preventive Strategies.

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