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OSHA Trade Release
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
For Immediate Release
OSHA Trade Release
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999
NEGOTIATED RULEMAKING COMMITTEE
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced it is establishing a Crane and Derrick Negotiated Rulemaking Committee to develop a new, proposed construction safety standard for cranes and derricks.
The committee will function as a part of OSHA's rulemaking process to revise the existing standards for cranes and derricks in construction. Members of the committee will identify key issues, evaluate their importance, analyze the information necessary to resolve the issues, and work to reach a consensus on the coverage and the substance of a proposed rule. If the committee reaches a consensus on a proposed rule, the proposed regulatory text will be submitted to the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health and then be published for public comment.
The advisory committee may consist of up to 25 members and a facilitator who will chair the meetings in an impartial manner and assist the committee members in conducting discussions and negotiations. OSHA will be a member of the committee.
OSHA published a Federal Register notice in July 2002 requesting comments on establishing a cranes and derricks negotiated rulemaking committee. There was broad support for using negotiated rulemaking to update the standard and nearly all commenters supported the establishment of the negotiated rulemaking advisory committee.
Notice of the establishment of the Crane and Derrick Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee is scheduled to appear in the June 12, 2003 Federal Register.
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