Bush Repeals OSHA Regs

March 20, 2001 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - As expected, President Bush signed a repeal of the new OSHA workplace safety regulations, noting they posed "overwhelming compliance challenges" for businesses.

OSHA issued the new standard last November, requiring employers to address hazards in the workplace that can cause musculoskeletal disorders.  While it went into effect January 16, employers did not have to be in initial compliance with the requirements until October 2001.

Businesses said the required changes would cost them as much as $100 billion a year.

The House and Senate voted to approve the repeal earlier this month, largely along party lines.

Bush has asked Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to devise a cheaper way of addressing workplace safety.

– Nevin Adams        editors@plansponsor.com