Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The agency that promulgates and enforces workplace safety and health standards.
Cry Wolf Quotes
Our concern is that too many regulatory bodies are reacting to this need and that divergent or contradictory rules would be established which would in effect create chaos for the designers, builders and operators.
LPA is pleased to submit testimony in strong opposition to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) proposed ergonomics standard, and in particular, the work restriction protection provisions, which would effectively replace state workers' compensation laws for injured employees. As estimated by the Employment Policy Foundation, at $100 billion, the standard is likely the most costly in OSHA's history…
These [ergonomics] regulations would cost employers, large and small, billions of dollars annually while providing uncertain benefits.
Rulemaking should not be based on conditions that existed in the past, but should be based on conditions as they exist now...we believe a temporary emergency standard would result in polarization rather than constructive definition of areas of concern and constructive problem solving.
Backgrounders & Briefs
The AFL-CIO's annual report about death, illness, and injury at work.
Information on multiple OSHA regulations and their costs. In almost every case, the regulations were far cheaper than the agency estimated.