Original Press Release
Manufacturers Welcome OSHA's Temporary Withdrawal of MSD Proposal: Another Sign the Agency Is Listening to Employer Concerns
Press release date: January 25, 2011
Another Sign the Agency is Listening to Employer Concerns
WASHINGTON, D.C. - National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of Human Resources Policy Joe Trauger issued the following statement today regarding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) temporary withdrawal of its proposed additional reporting column for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) on employer injury and illness logs:
"Manufacturers appreciate OSHA's temporary withdrawal of this unnecessary proposal. This is another positive sign that the Agency is listening to the concerns of employers about the economic impact of costly and burdensome requirements. This action comes on the heels of last week's announcement of the Agency's decision to withdraw the noise control requirements and is an encouraging signal that the Agency is slowing down on excessive government regulations that hinder job creation.
Manufacturers are committed to protecting their employees, but we believe there is no evidence that this additional reporting column on the MSD form would have enhanced workplace safety. This ill-defined proposal is especially cumbersome for small manufacturers and other small businesses that would be forced to devote extensive time and resources to implementing the new recordkeeping requirements.
With the unemployment rate still unacceptably high, we urge OSHA to continue to demonstrate that it is curbing the unnecessary regulations that are holding back job growth by permanently withdrawing this ill-conceived proposed rule."
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