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COALITION URGES CONGRESS FOR A 'RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL' FOR NEW ERGONOMICS STANDARDS

Washington, D.C., March 2, 2001 - Regulations that create a virtual presumption that any injury or condition is related to the workplace are ineffective and costly, according to the National Coalition on Ergonomics. Beer Institute recently joined the Coalition, a group comprised of physicians, individuals, companies and trade associations who employ millions of American workers, in virtually every segment of American industry.

The Coalition is urging Congress to support a 'resolution of disapproval' to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) ergonomics standard -- a rule that OSHA claims is designed to alleviate any "manual handling job" that could cause a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD).

Beer Institute President Jeff Becker said, "OSHA estimates the cost of the ergonomics program to all businesses to be $4.5 billion, however, the estimate is highly suspect, and the Small Business Administration believes the figure to be much higher. A recent study estimated the cost to the beer industry, including brewers, wholesalers, and retailers at close to $1 billion,".

Members of the beer industry, along with the other members of the Coalition, are committed to the best workplace safety practices and believe there is a lack of consensus in the scientific and medical communities on the causes of MSDs.

The National Ergonomics Coalition expects a joint resolution of disapproval repealing OSHA's final ergonomics regulation to be taken up by the Senate the week of March 5, 2001.

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Beer Institute, established in 1986, is the national trade association for the brewing industry, representing both large and small brewers, as well as importers and industry suppliers. The Institute is committed to development of sound public policy and to the values of civic duty and personal responsibility.

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