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

The forecast is hazy for the latest ergonomics plan.
  • ---Shares
This story appears in the August 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
Reader Resource

Apply now to be an Entrepreneur 360™ company. Let us tell the world your success story. Get Started »

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."

Democrats were even more critical. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which has jurisdiction over OSHA, calls the initiative "a replay of failed strategies from the past."

Play Defense

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has agreed to award about $137 million in research projects to small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, after considering a reduction of almost 50 percent. The MDA's director, Lt. Gen. Ronald Kadish (USAF), instead intends to fully fund the program during the fiscal year ending September 30.


Stephen Barlas is a freelance business reporter who covers the Washington beat for 15 magazines.

Edition: June 2017

Get the Magazine

Limited-Time Offer: 1 Year Print + Digital Edition and 2 Gifts only $9.99
Subscribe Now
OK

This website uses cookies to allow us to see how our website and related online services are being used. By continuing to use this website, you consent to our cookie collection. More information about how we collect cookies is found here.