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OSHA Expected to Issue Final Ergonomics Rule Today

November 12, 2000

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The federal government is expected to issue a final rule today requiring employers to create programs to protect workers from repetitive motion injuries -- a rule that has been strenuously opposed by industry, including the American Trucking Associations.
According to The Washington Post, which obtained a copy of the final rule, Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials expect trucking to be one of the industries that will need to make the most changes in the workplace.

Beginning next October, employers will have to inform their workers about repetitive motion injuries and also how they can report them. Employees who have a work-related injury will have to get medical attention and paid time off. Employers also will have to try to minimize or eliminate whatever caused the injury in the first place.
The ATA has said new rules, initially proposed a year ago, are “completely unworkable," not based on sound science, too costly and not necessary.
ATA strongly disputes OSHA’s $200 million estimate for trucking. They believe true figure is probably closer to a $6.5 billion estimate for a similar proposal drafted in 1995.

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