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The forecast is hazy for the latest ergonomics plan.

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The ergonomics initiative announced in April was as ethereal asa ghost, and in some senses, just as scary. voicedtheir concern about sketchy outlines of voluntary complianceguidelines OSHA will issue over the next few years, as well as itsergonomics enforcement effort.

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

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