1) Washington Post, March 21, 2001, “President Bush Signs Repealed of Ergonomics Rules, Administration Promises Business-Friendly Workplace Safety Regulations,” written by Mike Allen, Staff Writer:
“President Bush signed his first bill carrying national impact yesterday, repealing workplace safety regulations that he called ‘unduly burdensome and overly broad,’ and sent his administration to work on a business-friendlier substitute that is months or years away.”
President Bush said, “There’s an ergonomics — change in ergonomics regulations that I believe is positive. . .Things are getting done.”
After signing the ergonomics bill, President Bush issued a statement: “The Safety and health of our nation’s workforce is a priority for my administration,” he wrote.
“Together, we will pursue a comprehensive approach to ergonomics that addresses the concerns surrounding the ergonomics rule repealed today.”
“The ergonomics regulations, which were 10 years in the making, would have taken effect in October.”
One study (published in the Scandinavian Journal of Work and Environmental Health, 1994;20:417-26, “Job Task and Psychosocial Risk Factors for Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders Among Newspaper Employees,” written by Bruce Bernard, M.D.; Steve Sauter, Ph.D.; Lawrence Fine, M.D.; Martin Petersen, Ph.D.; and Thomas Hales, M.D,) investigating work related musculoskeletal disorders among newspaper employees found neck symptoms were the most frequently reported. Women tended to have higher rates of tension neck syndrome than men. . .this finding may reflect the concentration of women in jobs involving more risk factors.
“Martha G. Burk, Chair of the National Counsel of Women’s Organizations, an umbrella for 120 groups representing 6 million people, said women suffer many ergonomic injuries from keyboard work and machine cleaning, and called the repeal ‘a slap in the face of women.’”
White House spokesman, Ari Fleisher, said President Bush “believes that we can protect the health and safety of workers without passing a regulation that is terribly burdensome to the economy and to the small businesses on which their growth depends.”