The Occupational Safety and Health Administration Nov. 22 released its proposed ergonomics standard, reaching an elusive agency milestone but rekindling staunch opposition from business leaders and members of Congress in the agency’s decade-long quest to regulate the incidence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the workplace.

Business advocates and employer groups were incensed by the proposed standard, published Nov. 23 in the Federal Register, which many see as a vague rule lacking “sound science” and including burdensome requirements that could potentially cost employers billions of dollars.

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