How to enforce ergonomics
Draft enforcement materials have been circulated for review and comment, and meetings have been held with a number of business and labor stakeholders, including a small business task force. Revisions will be made based on these discussions. During the fall, the policies and procedures were to be field tested in a number of workplaces of varying size and industry.
After the field testing, more discussions will be held with business and labor representatives, with more revisions to follow.
A final version of enforcement guidelines for use by both employers and inspectors is expected to be presented to a state safety and health advisory committee and a "Blue Ribbon Panel" set up to monitor the standard's implementation by January 2002. The standard, which is being challenged in court by business groups, is to be phased in over a six-year period beginning in July 2002.