News Release USDL: 96-521
Friday, December 20, 1996
Contact: Frank Kane, (202) 219-8151
Reich Re-establishes Charter Of Steel Erection
Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee
Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich has re-established the
charter of the Steel Erection Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory
Committee (SENRAC) so it can complete its task of recommending to
the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) a
proposed rule for steel erection activities in construction.
Re-establishment of the charter will allow SENRAC to
continue its work for two years or until the promulgation of a
final standard, whichever occurs first. The charter will be
filed Dec. 31, 1996.
SENRAC is composed of 20 members including representatives
from labor, industry, small business, public interests and
government agencies appointed by the Secretary of Labor.
Reporting to Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety
and Health Joseph A. Dear, it is an advisory body under the
Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and the Negotiated
Rulemaking Act (NRA) and was originally established May 11, 1994,
with a two-year charter.
Negotiated rulemaking is a process spelled out in federal
law in which a proposed rule is developed by a committee composed
of all interests significantly affected by the final rule.
Decisions are made by consensus. In December 1995, SENRAC
reached agreement on draft proposed regulatory text for a revised
steel erection standard.
The committee is expected to soon complete its work on the
first phase of this standard, but is in need of more information
on one issue that was part of its original mandate: standards
governing slippery metal deck surfaces. SENRAC will seek
information, data, studies and views from interested members of
the public to assist in developing a recommendation on this
Meetings of the committee will be announced in the Federal
Register. They are open to the public.
Comments regarding re-establishment of the committee may be
submitted to the Docket Officer, Docket S-775, U.S. Department of
Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Room N2624,
200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210, (202) 219-7894.
Information, data, studies and views on the matter of
slippery metal deck surfaces may be sent to the committee at the
Notice of the re-establishment of the charter for SENRAC was
published in the Dec.16, 1996, Federal Register.