News Release USDL: 95-278
Friday, July 21, 1995
Contact: Susan Hall Fleming, (202) 219-8151
OSHA Equipment Manufacturers sign Logging Agreement
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and
the Equipment Manufacturers Institute (EMI) today announced a
resolution of issues EMI had raised concerning OSHA's new logging
The settlement agreement, developed after discussions
between OSHA experts and representatives of EMI's Forestry
Equipment Council, was praised by both parties.
"This agreement is a great example of OSHA-industry
cooperation. Together, we have fine tuned a new safety standard
to ensure that it protects workers in a practical, workable
manner. The logging standard builds on existing safety measures,
including industry and professional association initiatives. We
appreciate EMI's assistance in working to resolve issues of
concern to both OSHA and logging machinery manufacturers," said
Joseph A. Dear, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational
Safety and Health.
"The clarifications that were agreed to will help assure the
safe operation of our equipment, a clearer understanding by
employers in the logging industry of their responsibilities and a
reasonable approach to implementation of the new requirements,"
said EMI President Emmett Barker.
A Federal Register notice, incorporating significant aspects
of the settlement agreement, will be issued. The agreement
establishes adequate lead times for manufacturers to make design
changes required for compliance; acknowledges existing consensus
standards for forestry machinery and allows much of the equipment
meeting these standards to remain in use; and clarifies
provisions including machine shutdown, ROPS, brakes and cab
Additional information on the agreement may be obtained from
Susan Hall Fleming at OSHA (202-219-8151) or John Crowley of EMI
The information in this news release will be made available to
sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: 202-219-8151.