WASHINGTON (July 30)—The Senate Appropriations Committee rejected a provision in a Labor Department Appropriations bill incorporating features of a controversial ergonomics bill. That provision would have ordered the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue a final rule on workplace repetitive stress injuries within two years. Instead, the bill gives OSHA $2 million in discretionary funding to work on an ergonomics rule if it chooses to. The Rubber Manufacturers Association praised the committee for turning back what it called a "back-door" effort to reinstate the "one-size-fits-all" ergonomics rule Congress rejected in 2001.
Senate Appropriations buries "back-door" ergonomics rule
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