Nes Release USDL: 95-339
Wednesday, August 30, 1995
Contact: Frank Kane, (202) 219-8151
SENRAC Expected To Reach Consensus On Draft Proposal For OSHA
Steel Erection Standard At Sept. 19-21 Meeting
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Steel Erection Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee (SENRAC)
is expected to reach consensus on a draft proposal for a revised
steel erection standard at its next meeting, Sept. 19-21.
The meeting will be held in the U.S. Department of Labor,
DOL Academy, Room C-5321. Seminar Room 4, 200 Constitution Ave.
NW, Washington, D.C. 20210. It will begin at 10 a.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 June 27-29, the committee reached
agreement on major issues and most elements of the draft
revision. However, the members could not agree on fall
OSHA determined that since 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
On July 26, a work group met in Philadelphia and tentatively
agreed on fall protection requirements for steel erection. This
recommendation will be presented to the full committee at the
September meeting where it is expected consensus will be reached
on the complete draft proposal.
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 Sept. 12.
He can be reached at Suite 204, 2301 M St., NW, Washington, D.C.,
20037; telephone (202) 887-1033, fax (202) 887-1036.
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.
Notice of the meeting is published in the Wednesday, Aug.
30, 1995, Federal Register.