Obama Administration Backtracks on Musculoskeletal Disorders

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is backing down from its plan to resume measurement of work-related musculoskeletal injuries on employer injury and illness logs.

OSHA said it wants to “seek greater input from small businesses on the impact of the proposal” before finalizing it,a decision Public Citizen said it found mystifying.

Critics noted that OSHA administrator David Michaels conceded that “work-related musculoskeletal disorders remain the leading cause of workplace injury and illness in this country, and this proposal is an effort to assist employers and OSHA in better identifying problems in workplaces.”

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