OSHA reopens fall protection proposal to allow more time for other comments
Jun 1, 2003 12:00 PM
THE Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reopening the comment period on a rule proposal addressing worker fall protection (29 CFR Part 1910), according to information published May 2 in the Federal Register. The agency is seeking comments on issues concerning each proposal, some of which address regulations for employers and others that apply to equipment. Deadline for submitting comments is July 31.
The decision to reopen the record will let OSHA gather data and information about advances in technology, industry practice, and updated consensus standards issued since the proposals were published. After OSHA analyzes the record, the agency will determine what other steps may be necessary to finalize rulemakings on subparts D and I.
OSHA has included the regulatory text and appendices from the 1990 proposed rule as an appendix.
Among questions OSHA poses are some applying to the tank truck industry. OSHA asks the number or percentages of workers exposed to fall hazards. Also, how are those employees protected from fall hazards while working? If fall protection equipment is used, OSHA asks that detailed information be provided on the types and costs of equipment. OSHA wants to know how the equipment is used. If fall protection equipment is not used, OSHA asks what technological and/or economic obstacles may be involved, and what alternative means are used to protect employees from fall hazards. OSHA wants to know what safety experiences the carrier has had with fall hazards. The agency also asks if it should exclude tank trucks from coverage under subpart D. If so, the commenter should explain and provide data supporting the argument.
Comments should be sent to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No S-029, Room N-2625, Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC 20210, or fax to 202-693-1648 (if comments are less than 10 pages).
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