June 2000 AAOS Report

U.S. House bars OSHA from spending money to enforce ergonomics

The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee voted to bar the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from spending any money to implement or enforce any standard on ergonomic protection. The proposed standards are a contentious issue, with OSHA saying that employers must do more to prevent workplace injuries and business saying that there is no scientific evidence to support the need for the standard. AAOS has urged more scientific study before standards are issued. The House committee also voted to provide $18.8 billion to the National Institutes of Health in fiscal 2001, an increase of $1 billion. Previously, the Senate appropriations committee approved $20.5 billion, an increase of $2.7 billion.

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