Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Ergonomics Hearings End - Now What?

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Ergonomics Hearings End - Now What?

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OSHA is likely to change four major parts of the proposed ergonomics standard, Administrator Charles N. Jeffress said in a May 19 interview with Occupational Hazards.

Oral and written comments on the proposal have revealed there is widespread confusion over the grandfather clause, worker restriction provisions, when a company is in compliance and the so-called "one-incident trigger." As a result, "we need to make some modifications" in these areas, Jeffress said.

The 90-day, post-hearing comment period is expected to run until Aug. 10, at which time the Office of Management and Budget is scheduled to begin its review. Jeffress confirmed that he still expects a final rule before year's end.

A new development that could complicate quick completion of the rule is OSHA's May 22 decision to hold an informal hearing in July on the economic impact of the ergonomics standard on state and local governments, the U.S. Postal Service and railroads. Even though the ergonomics proposal includes these workers, OSHA's original economic impact statement left them out, an oversight that did not sit well with Sen. …

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