News Rlease USDL: 95-469
Monday, November 13, 195
Contact: Frank Kane, (202) 219-8151
OSHA Hopes SENRAC Will Reach Consensus On Draft Proposal For
Steel Erection Standard At Nov.27-Dec.1 Meeting
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Steel Erection Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee
(SENRAC) will meet Nov. 27-Dec.1 for sessions in which OSHA
hopes it will reach consensus on a draft proposal for a
revised steel erection standard.
The meeting will be held in the U.S. Department of Labor,
DOL Academy, Room C-5320, Seminar Room 6, 200 Constitution
Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210, and begin at 1:30 p.m. on
SENRAC was established May 11, 1994, to resolve issues
associated with developing a notice of proposed rulemaking on
steel erection. Appointees to the committee include
representatives from labor, industry, public interests, and
SENRAC has met nine times since it began negotiations in
June, 1994. The committee established work groups to deal
with such issues as fall protection, construction
specifications and scope, and later to develop a draft
revision of Subpart R of the construction industry standards,
which covers steel erection.
At its last meeting, in June, the committee reached
agreement on major issues and most elements of the draft
revision, but the members could not agree on fall protection.
OSHA, however, determined that because the committee had
made significant progress on fall protection and agreed to
other very important improvements to the existing standard, it
would allow the committee to convene a work group to resolve
the fall protection issues.
On July 26, a work group met in Philadelphia and
recommended fall protection requirements for steel erection.
Also, in September work groups met to address slippery
surfaces, scope, training and site-specific erection plans.
Recommendations on those subjects will be presented to
the full SENRAC committee at its November meeting, where OSHA
hopes that consensus will be reached on the complete draft
proposal and an agreement in principle will be signed by each
If consensus is reached, OSHA will then complete the
preamble to the proposal and prepare the document in proper
Federal Register format for publication as a proposed rule.
The committee meetings will be open to the public, with
seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No
advance registration is required.
Persons with disabilities who need special accommodations
should contact the facilitator, Philip J. Harter, by Nov. 20,
1995. He can be reached at Suite 204, 2301 M St., NW,
Washington, D.C., 20037; telephone (202) 887-1033, fax (202)
During the meeting, members of the general public may
informally request permission to address the committee.
Minutes of the meetings and materials prepared for the
committee will be available for public inspection at the OSHA
Docket Office, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Ave. NW,
Washington, D.C., 20210, telephone (202) 219-7894. Copies of
these materials may be obtained by sending a written request
to the facilitator.