OSHA Delays Ergonomics Decision

The Department of Labor said that, in the wake of the events of Sept. 11, it will temporarily postpone\r\nthe announcement of a plan of action on ergonomics.

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced Friday that, in the wake of the events of Sept. 11, it will temporarily postpone the announcement of a plan of action on ergonomics.

The announcement, which was expected this month, will be made later this fall.

In July, DOL conducted three forums in Virginia, Illinois and California, to solicit public comment on ergonomics. The department said witness testimony and written comments are under review.

Staff of DOL and OSHA have been heavily involved in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center and Pentagon disaster sites during the past week, which has prevented the department from devoting full attention to this issue, a DOL statement said.

by Virginia Foran

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