US state votes to make ergonomics the law

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Saturday, 10 May, 2003

The senate of the US state of Washington has voted to make employer compliance with ergonomics program standards voluntary.

Mandatory compliance is set to take effect for many employers starting in July 2004. Large, high-risk employers began compliance last year.

According to the Seattle Times, business groups have been lobbying legislators hard in recent months to ease the ergonomics rules as part of an effort to make the state more competitive. Business groups also maintain the rule is too expensive and too confusing.

There was praise for the action by the US National Federation of Independent Business.

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