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The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has announced its support for the goal of S.B. 598, an ergonomics bill introduced by Sen. John Breaux (D-LA). The bill calls for the Occupational Health and Safety Administration to finalize a new ergonomics standard within two years.
Although AIHA did not express support for the specific legislation, the letter sent to Breaux by AIHA president Steven P. Levine, PhD, CIH, commended Breaux’ effort to keep the ergonomics issue at the forefront of the public policy agenda. "Whether by congressional mandate or through regulatory fiat, it is imperative that a new rule-making process begins as soon as possible that solicits the input and viewpoints of all stakeholders, not solely those of industry and labor," Levine stated in the letter.
AIHA sent a similar letter to Rep. Chris John (D-LA), who introduced H.R. 1241, the House counterpart to S.B. 598. AIHA is the world’s largest association of occupational and environmental health professionals, and its members play an important role on the front line of worker health and safety. The 12,300 members come from government, labor, industry, academia, and private business.