NAM Urges Comprehensive Approach to Ergonomics

April 30, 2001
The National Association of Manufacturers said that a "comprehensive and effective approach to ergonomics will take time" and\r\nurged the administration and Congress to avoid a "rush to judgment" on the ergonomics issue.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) said that a "comprehensive and effective approach to ergonomics will take time" and urged the administration and Congress to avoid a "rush to judgment" on the best ways to address ergonomic disorders in the workplace.

A hearing on ergonomics was held April 26, in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education.

"Let''s not make the same mistake twice and rush to develop a new ergonomics regulation that''s just as flawed and ineffective as the one Congress wisely repealed," said NAM Executive Vice President Mike Baroody. "Developing the right approach on ergonomics -- one that leads to safer workplaces -- will take time."

NAM is suggesting that a through review and analysis of all the evidence regarding repetitive stress complaints in the workplace, as well as collaboration with employers and employees, is the best way to create a more safe and healthful working environment.

"As we''ve said before, NAM members have some of the best ergonomics programs in the country, and we welcome the chance to share what we''ve learned with Congress, OSHA and the Department of Labor in order to help develop effective ergonomics measures," concluded Baroody.

by Virginia Sutcliffe

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