As the debate over ergonomics regulations continues, one state has decided that such rules are too expensive for businesses.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) has signed into law a measure that bans the state’s OSHA (MIOSHA) from issuing ergonomics standards for businesses.
In a statement, Snyder said, “Ergonomics regulations go too far, are too costly to implement and will impede job growth.”
Democrats in the state legislature opposed the ergonomics ban.
The state had been working on an ergonomics standard under the previous administration of Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) but never enacted it. Snyder told MIOSHA to stop work on the measure in January.
MIOSHA can still issue ergonomics recommendations at the request of businesses, and if federal OSHA enacts ergonomics rules, the state must abide by them.
California is the only state with workplace ergonomics regulations.