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Congress may try to overturn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) controversial ergonomics rule.

The Tire Association of North America (TANA), the International Tire & Rubber Association (ITRA) and the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) all have voiced their opposition to the standard, which OSHA claims is designed to reduce the number and severity of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace.

"If this standard goes into effect, it will regulate companies' work pace, staffing levels, shift lengths and equipment design, among others," says RMA President and CEO Donald Shea.

ITRA Executive Director Marvin Bozarth calls the standard "too broad, overly vague and scientifically unsound."

The Congressional Review Act gives Congress the authority to overturn rules within a 60-day period. Deadline for overturning is mid-March, according to government officials.

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