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Ergo-<I>Huh?!</I>

The forecast is hazy for the latest ergonomics plan.

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The ergonomics initiative announced in April was as ethereal as a ghost, and in some senses, just as scary. Business leaders voiced their concern about sketchy outlines of voluntary compliance guidelines OSHA will issue over the next few years, as well as its ergonomics enforcement effort.

OSHA's guidelines will vary by industry based on "best practices." It's not clear how detailed or reasonable they'll be. Even Republicans on Capitol Hill voiced skepticism. Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, says the guidelines could "set the bar so high as to jeopardize small enterprises in my state."

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