Date: April 04, 2008

Over the past several years, "ergonomics" has received increasing attention in the news and from government regulators. In an attempt to reduce workplace injuries, many people have proposed rules and guidelines forcing employers to change the way employees work -- altering the way work is done, or requiring certain breaks or changing the work environment. Small businesses know it is in their best interest to have healthy employees -- they cannot afford not to. But they also know the best way to achieve that goal is not through a one-size-fits-all mandate.

NFIB supports the federal government pursuing a voluntary program to prevent injuries instead of mandatory ergonomic regulations. A mandatory ergonomic program misdirects time and resources of small businesses by requiring them to devote thousands of hours to understanding and complying with government-prescribed rules that may or may not achieve the desired goal.

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