Washington, DC — March 6, 2001 — The Senate vote today to rescind the ergonomics rule is a “major victory for consumers, industry and workplace safety,” said Tim Hammonds, president and CEO of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI).

“Freed from the costly bureaucratic burdens of this rule,” he said, “we can continue to improve worker safety with tried and true programs that have reduced injuries dramatically.” Workplace injuries in the grocery industry declined 33 percent from 1989 to 1999, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Industry does not need government mandates to promote workplace safety,” Hammonds said. “Safety is an essential part of doing business. It improves productivity and worker morale. In today’s highly competitive market, including low unemployment, companies have powerful incentives to look out for the welfare and safety of their employees.”

Hammonds urged the House to follow the Senate’s lead in approving the resolution to rescind the regulation. A vote is expected later this week or soon thereafter. President Bush has said he will sign the resolution, eliminating the regulation altogether.