News Release USDL: 95.309
Wednesday, August 9, 1995
Contact: Frank Kane, (202) 219-8151
OSHA Extends Stay Of 12 Provisions In Final Logging Rule
Until Sept. 8, 1995
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
announced today that it is extending a partial stay of
enforcement of 12 provisions of the new final rule on logging
operations for an additional 30 days, until Sept. 8.
The partial stay for six months had been due to end Aug.
OSHA is extending the partial stay in order to complete its
reconsideration of issues raised about some provisions of the
standard, complete corrections and clarifications in the
regulatory text and preamble, and revise its compliance directive
to reflect those changes.
Other provisions of the final rule were not affected by the
partial stay and became effective on Feb. 9.
On Oct. 12, 1994, OSHA issued the final logging rule, which
included, among other things, requirements for the use of
personal protective equipment; first-aid kits at logging work
sites; machine stability and slope limitations; discharge of
hydraulic and pneumatic storage devices on forestry machines;
machine braking systems; vehicle inspection and maintenance; and
Several parties raised questions about some of these
The provisions included in the partial stay involve
requirements relating to logging boots that protect against
penetration by chain saws; face protection [eye protection became
effective Feb. 9, 1995]; health-care provider approval of first-
aid kits; prohibition of machine operation on slopes greater than
recommended by the manufacturer; discharge of stored energy from
hydraulic and pneumatic storage; machine rollover protective
structures (ROPS); machine operator cab protective material for
the lower portion; the capability of the parking brakes to stop a
moving braking system; the employer's obligation to assure that
employee-owned vehicles for use off public roads are inspected
and maintained in serviceable condition; and backcuts for loggers
employing the Humboldt cutting method.
Notice of the extension of the partial stay for the 12
provisions is included in the Wednesday, Aug. 9 Federal Register.