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Posted by Tom on November 30, 1999 at 15:52:16:

In Reply to: ERGONOMICS PROPOSAL TO PREVENT 300,000 INJURIES posted by WI Webmaster on November 30, 1999 at 12:57:18:

This proposal although positive will take years to Implement
at the cost of hundreds of millions if not billions, in the meantime
people will still be injured on the job, What bothers me about new workplace
safety standards is the fact that OSHA dosen't have the resourses to make sure
that employers comply with any new workplace standards. In 1991 OSHA proposed
new workplace safety standards, The company that I was employed by at the time
of my Injury never complied to those standards set 8 years ago.
OSHA proposed that employers with a certain number of employees had to
maintain a safety commitee which they never did. OSHA also wanted companys to
have MSDS's, Material Safety Data Sheets available to all employee that had to handle
paints and a variety of chemicals that the employees worked with. the company
I worked for finally just a few years ago requested MSDS sheets from their vendors
all the while exposing the employees to lead based paints and chemicals that contained

My point is this

It will be up to employees to make sure that their employers comply with these new standards upon Implementation.
You would think that the Workers comp carriers would make sure that the standards were complied with
from there policy holders but they don't. THIS IS OREGON!
Oregon workers will still have a tough time making sure that these new standards are enforced.

If you still have a job after being injured at work it will be your responsibility to make sure that your employer
remains compliant!. GOOD LUCK.

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