In early April, OSHA unveiled a new ergonomics plan that focuses on industry-targeted guidelines in lieu of regulations. The new OSHA policy comes one year after the controversial Clinton administration ergonomics rule was repealed in Congress shortly after George Bush became president.
John Henshaw, OSHA administrator, claims that a voluntary approach to ergonomics will work better than the rescinded Clinton rules because it will be adaptable to specific industries and will cost companies less to carry out. By the end of the year, OSHA will begin issuing industry-specific guidelines.
Labor unions, such as the AFL-CIO (Washington, DC), criticize the new OSHA plan, while business organizations, such as the National Association of Manufacturers (Washington, DC), applaud the move. Here’s what various groups have to say about OSHA’s new ergonomics plan: