Business groups argue that OSHA’s new requirements:

  • Make employers liable for injuries aggravated, but not caused by, work;

  • Override existing workers compensation laws and create a “most-favored injury” status for ergonomics;

  • Are too complex to be finalized in the 11 months since the proposal was issued;

  • Do not specify which controls employers are expected to use to eliminate or reduce supposed hazards — because there is inadequate scientific evidence to establish which, if any, controls will work;

  • Waste billions of dollars and provide little or no benefit to workers;

  • Conflict with the National Labor Relations Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and state workers’ compensation laws;

  • Are based on inadequate science and will be much more costly than projected;

  • Leave employers at the mercy of OSHA inspectors who might second-guess any attempts to comply.