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ASSE Comments on OSHA Cranes in Construction Rule
January 30, 2009

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), in a recent comment, asked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for a hearing to determine how OSHA failed to include one reference to A10 Safety Requirements for Construction and Demolition Operations voluntary consensus standards in its proposed rule on cranes and derricks in construction. The ANSI/ASSE A10 Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) is one of the oldest American National Standards Institute (ANSI) committees, and, until recently, OSHA was a committee member. As ASSE’s numerous technical concerns about the rulemaking indicate, references to the A10 and other standards are both appropriate and necessary if this rulemaking is to be consistent with already widely accepted crane safety practices within industry.

ASSE also supported OSHA’s proposal for crane operation certification, but urged that changes be made to ensure quality accreditation of certification programs in the same way the credibility of the highest levels of safety and health professional certifications are guaranteed. With respect to the negotiated rulemaking process through which this rulemaking was developed, ASSE urged OSHA to look at its experience closely and see if lessons can be learned to help improve negotiated rulemaking as a tool for engaging the entire occupational safety and health community in OSHA’s future rulemaking. ASSE has long called for the use of negotiated rulemaking to address some of the more intractable issues facing occupational safety and health.

For more information on the proposed rule, or to read ASSE’s complete comment to OSHA, visit ASSE Professional Affairs.

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