OSHA Ergonomics Deadline May Be Extended

December 12, 2000 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Employers may get some additional time to comply with the new ergonomics standards.

The head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says the agency is considering a request to extend the January 16 deadline for employers to be grandfathered under new proposed ergonomics standards.

Agency Administrator, Charles N. Jeffress, told BNA of the deliberations last week.

Extension Chord

Management consulting group Organization Resources Counselors had requested an extension until March 17 for the initial evaluation by employers, and to October 15 for employers to:

  • control musculoskeletal disorder hazards or
  • reduce them to the levels below those identified in the hazard identification tools
  • to evaluate hazards to assure that controls are effective

ORC has noted that employers have just 60 days from the publication of the standard to meet the requirements of the grandfather clause – 60 days in which there are major holidays and work outages.

– Nevin Adams                                         editors@plansponsor.com