Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Hang on tight, new OSHA rules coming.

Byline: Business and Law MARTIN PASKIND For the Journal

The word "ergos" refers to work, and "ergonomics" to the manner in which work is performed. The field includes designs of chairs, computer keyboards, cockpits in fighter planes and many other objects to promote efficiency, productivity and safety.

Not long ago, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, took a large interest in ergonomics.

As a result, American business from top to bottom, beginning in January, will face a new and complicated set of rules governing ergonomics and workplace injuries from muscles to skeletal parts. Full compliance with the rules is required by October 2001.

New OSHA provisions probably will affect state workers' compensation laws. The new rules doubtless will be the subject of much infighting, because Democrats approve of them while Republicans do not.

Nevertheless, even though we don't know the ultimate fate of the new rules, right now is the time to get ready for them. …

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