Bush Signs Ergonomics Rule Repeal

By John S. McClenahen The ergonomics rule is dead. President Bush has signed a Congressional joint resolution of disapproval, killing OSHA's controversial ergonomics rule. Issued by the Clinton Administration on Nov. 14, 2000, the standard -- aimed at reducing repetitive stress injuries -- took effect on Jan. 16. Companies would have had to begin complying with the rule on Oct.16. The never-before-used Congressional Review Act blocks OSHA from issuing a new standard that is "substantially" the same. But there are already signs that the current Congress may, at the very least, explore looking into less ambitious ways of dealing with musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace.

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