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ASSP Asks OSHA to Recognize ANSI/ASSP Standards for Cranes and Derricks in Construction

Jul 17, 2018
ASSP submitted comments to OSHA on July 5, 2018, regarding its rulemaking on crane operator qualifications.

While the Society shared general concerns that some aspects of the rule will increase employers' compliance burden without providing commensurate improvements of protections for workers, its comments were particularly focused on urging OSHA to recognize national consensus standards in the rulemaking.

Specifically, ASSP called on the agency to incorporate by reference ANSI/ASSP Z490.1, Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training, into the proposed rule. It is currently only mentioned in the explanatory section.

"The Society calls on OSHA to do a more thorough comparison of Z490.1 to a proposed rule. Our belief is such a comparison will validate our position that ANSI/ASSP Z490.1 ought to be incorporated by reference in the final rule," ASSP says.

In addition, ASSP disagreed with the agency's position that it can create a rule that provides a more effective and efficient approach than any applicable national consensus standard. In particular, the Society pointed to the current initiative of the ANSI/ASSP A10 Committee to develop a safety and health training standard specific to construction and demolition operations, as well as the ANSI/ASME B30 Committee's long history of standards writing related to cranes and derricks. 

"We appreciate OSHA’s role in setting the framework for the practice of safety and respectfully request recognition of the applicable voluntary national consensus standards," ASSP concludes

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