ASSE said OSHA’s proposal contains these “flaws”:
- The issue of payment for rehabilitation, social issues and workers' compensation reengineering should be left to existing federal and state laws and regulations governing these areas.
- The “one case” trigger called for in the standard is poor policy because many ergonomic problems arise off-the-job, and in the absence of a clear triggering incident, getting at the root cause is extremely problematic.
- The rule should be issued as a safety standard, not as a health standard as OSHA proposes, and ergonomic injuries should not be treated in a different manner than other workplace injuries.
"Most ergonomic problems cannot be corrected through low-tech solutions such as having an employee stand on a box, or propping up a computer monitor with a phonebook as OSHA has suggested," testified John Cheffer, CSP, chair of the ASSE Governmental Affairs Committee.
ASSE's comments on the OSHA ergonomics proposal and a copy of ASSE's counterproposal are posted on ASSE's web site at http://www.asse.org.