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News Rlease USDL: 95-469
Monday, November 13, 195
Contact: Frank Kane, (202) 219-8151
OSHA Hopes SENRAC Will Reach Consensus On Draft Proposal For Steel Erection Standard At Nov.27-Dec.1 Meeting
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Steel Erection Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee (SENRAC) will meet Nov. 27-Dec.1 for sessions in which OSHA hopes it will reach consensus on a draft proposal for a revised steel erection standard.
The meeting will be held in the U.S. Department of Labor, DOL Academy, Room C-5320, Seminar Room 6, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210, and begin at 1:30 p.m. on November 27.
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 government agencies.
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, in June, the committee reached agreement on major issues and most elements of the draft revision, but the members could not agree on fall protection.
OSHA, however, determined that because 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 protection issues.
On July 26, a work group met in Philadelphia and recommended fall protection requirements for steel erection. Also, in September work groups met to address slippery surfaces, scope, training and site-specific erection plans.
Recommendations on those subjects will be presented to the full SENRAC committee at its November meeting, where OSHA hopes that consensus will be reached on the complete draft proposal and an agreement in principle will be signed by each member.
If consensus is reached, 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 Nov. 20, 1995. 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.
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