This preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.
Unformatted text preview: ing the first
two years of the Clinton administration, OSHA seemed like a revitalized agency. It began to draw up the first ergonomics standards for the
nation’s manufacturers, aiming to reduce cumulative trauma disorders. The election of 1994, however, marked a turning point. The
Republican majority in Congress that rose to power that year not only impeded the adoption of ergonomics standards but also raised
questions about the future of OSHA. Working closely with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers,
House Republicans have worked hard to limit OSHA’s authority. Congressman Cass Ballenger, a Republican from North Carolina, introduced
legislation that would require OSHA to spend at least half of its budget on “consultation” with businesses, instead of enforcement. This new
budget requirement would further reduce the number of OSHA inspections, which by the late 1990s had already reached an all-time low.
Ballenger has long opposed OSHA inspections, despite the fact that near his own district a fire at a po...
View Full Document
- Spring '08