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Ergonomics standard not a sure bet

OSHA Healthcare Connection, January 20, 2009

Don't be too sure that OSHA under the Obama administration will promulgate an ergonomics standard.

At a recent webcast for the American Society of Safety Engineers, John Henshaw, former assistant secretary of labor for OSHA, and John Howard, former director of NIOSH, predicted that an ergonomics standard is unlikely in the coming years because of the struggling economy.

Both agreed that the absence of a standard did not eliminate the importance of businesses to educate employees on how ergonomics can prevent musculoskeletal injuries.

For more on this subject see "Ergonomics are good for health and budgets" along with a video clip on safe lifting and repositioning patients in ambulatory settings at the OSHA Healthcare Advisor.

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