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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 operations standard.
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 enclosures.
Additional information on the agreement may be obtained from Susan Hall Fleming at OSHA (202-219-8151) or John Crowley of EMI (312-321-1470).
The information in this news release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: 202-219-8151.
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