Mar 07 2001


 U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) joined his Senate colleagues in a vote late Tuesday evening to reverse ergonomics regulations issued during the final hours of the Clinton Administration.

"These regulations fall short of sound science and good policy. In fact, this ergonomics rule is a poison pill for American industry and its workers in the midst of a slowing economy. This ergonomics rule is conservatively estimated to cost Americans $4.2 billion a year. Hundreds of small businesses will surely suffer under the weight of this burdensome regulation."

"These rules were finalized during the eleventh hour of the Clinton Administration. As a result of these last minute actions, small business owners across the country have faced unnecessary confusion, fear and misunderstanding regarding their explicit responsibilities, the compliance standards and the liability that they may face as a result of the new rules."