AFGE Local 2113 - Ergonomics

On March 20, 2001, President Bush signed legislation that repealed new ergonomic standards proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

These OSHA standards, issued in November of 2000, were the culmination of a ten-year battle to implement guidelines to prevent hundreds of thousands of workplace injuries each year. It was a hard-fought battle that had finally been won.

Using the Congressional Review Act (CRA) for the first time, the House passed the first health and safety standard nullification in OSHA's 30-year history. The so-called resolution of disapproval not only eliminated the current ergonomics standard, it also prohibits OSHA from issuing another similar rule unless Congress gives subsequent permission.

AFGE News Release, April 24, 2002: "Body Parts are Expendable"

AFGE News Release, April 8, 2002: "Voluntary Guidelines Won't Cut It"

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