ICS Magazine

House Overturns Ergonomics Rule

March 7, 2001
The House voted 223 to 206 to overturn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) ergonomics rule under the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to stop final rules within 60 legislative days of final issuance. The Senate passed the measure yesterday by a vote of 56 to 44. President Bush has indicated he will sign the measure into law.

Under the rule, OSHA inspectors would have had broad discretion to order changes in the workplace and the structure of jobs, backed up by the threat of federal penalties, which could have cost businesses billions of dollars without any assurance of benefits to workers.