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Senate votes to repeal ergonomics standard

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The United States Senate has voted to repeal the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's controversial ergonomics rule by a 56-44 margin.

The standard, originally designed to reduce the number and severity of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace, was roundly opposed by tire industry organizations like The Tire Association of North America, the International Tire & Rubber Association and the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA)for being too vague and potentially invasive.

"The rule is based on insufficient scientific information and was rushed through in the latter days of the Clinton administration," says RMA President and CEO Donald Shea.

The U.S. House of Representatives must approve the repeal before President George W. Bush signs it.

"The rule would not guarantee safer workplaces," Shea says.

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