The voluntary ergonomics plan unveiled this month by OSHA has been welcomed by the American Trucking Assns. (ATA) but has not been well received by the Teamsters.
"We have long been an advocate for workplace safety and common sense, scientific measures that would help reduce injuries in the workplace," ATA president William Canary said. "We believe that these recommendations have been arrived at through a carefully studied and open process that asked the right questions of the right people: those who have to work within the rules."
However, OSHA's ruling disappoints the Teamsters. President James P. Hoffa said the business community spent the last 10 years and millions of dollars fighting any efforts to address ergonomic injuries.
"This includes its battle to stop even voluntary guidelines and reporting of injuries," Hoffa said. "There is no reason to think that business would now voluntarily follow guidelines that they have spent a decade trying to scuttle. Now, without enforcement, employers are free to continue to ignore this devastating health hazard."