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OSHA backtracks on documenting ergonomic injuries

February 2, 2011
WASHINGTON — Responding to what it called complaints by "small business," the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) retreated from even the mild ergonomics proposal it had planned for later this year: Forcing firms to count such injuries, according to a press release.
Dr. David Michaels, the OSHA chief, said, January 25, his agency would set up meetings with small businesses, on dates to be announced in 30 days, on the ergonomics injury counts issue, the release noted.
OSHA had sent a proposed rule to President Obama''s Office of Management and Budget calling for a separate column on OSHA injury and illness reporting forms for ergonomics injuries, also known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), the release stated.
"Work-related musculoskeletal disorders remain the leading cause of workplace injury and illness in this country. This proposal is an effort to assist employers and OSHA in better identifying problems in workplaces," said Michaels.
"However, it is clear that the proposal has raised concern among small businesses, so OSHA is facilitating an active dialogue between the agency and the small business community," Michaels added.
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