Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Michigan Legislature Stops Work On Ergo Standard

Apparently sensitive to falling approval ratings, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm decline to veto legislative language blocking Michigan OSHA from issuing an ergonomics standard, according to Inside OSHA (subscription required)The budget language approved by the state legislature and now signed by the governor states:
"Of the funds appropriated in part 1, no funds shall be used to support the development of, or activities that promote the development of, guidelines, rules, standards, protocols, or other similar mandates that are more stringent than federal voluntary ergonomics guidelines. This section does not prohibit any person from adopting, or working with the state to develop, voluntary ergonomics standards."
Granholm stated last year that she would not support the restrictive language.