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An ergonomics standard isn't a lock even with Obama in office

Hospital Safety Insider, January 21, 2009

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Don’t be too sure that OSHA under President Obama will release 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 the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 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 need for 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 at HCPro’s OSHA Healthcare Advisor.
 



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