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Rules & Regs CONSTRUCTION SAFETY Public Hearing on Proposed Cranes & Derricks Standard Is March 17 OSHA will hold an informal public hearing on the proposed cranes and derricks in construction standard published in October 2008. The hearing will be held March 17 beginning at 10 a.m. EST in the auditorium on the plaza level of the Frances Perkins Building, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Hotlinks On Jan. 22, ASSE submitted its comments on the proposed rule to OSHA Proposes the agency. In the comments, found at www.asse.org/professional ASSE affairs/docs/012208OSHAcranesruleFINAL.doc, ASSE requested a Revised Fit Testing American Society of Safety Engineers hearing to determine how OSHA failed to include any references to the Procedures www.asse.org A10 consensus standards on Safety Requirements for Construction and OSHA is seeking to revise fit test- Demolition Operation. In the comments, ASSE raises several technical ing procedures used to deter- CSB concerns which “indicate [that] references to A10 and other standards mine the effectiveness of Chemical are both appropriate and necessary if this rulemaking is to be consistent respiratory protection face Safety & Hazard with already widely accepted crane safety practices within industry.” masks. The current rule includes Investigation Board two categories of respirator fit www.csb.gov ASSE also noted its support for the proposed provisions for crane tests. Some tests expose wearers operator certification, but cautioned that several changes are needed to to airborne agents to determine DHHS ensure quality accreditation of certification programs. The Society also whether they can detect them Dept. of Health urged OSHA to look at its experience with the negotiated rulemaking and other tests use a machine to & Human Services process—which is how the proposed standard was developed—to measure how much of a test www.dhhs.gov agent leaks into a respirator. The determine whether lessons can be learned to help improve this process allow as a tool for engaging the entire occupational safety and health commu- proposed revisions would tests to DOE nity in future rulemaking activities. certain machine-based fit Dept. of Energy be conducted more quickly and www.doe.gov increase the required score for AIR QUALITY passing them. To comment on DOL EPA Revises Policy on Aggregation the proposal, visit www.regula Dept. of Labor tions.gov and reference Docket www.dol.gov EPA has issued a final rule under the New Source Review (NSR) pro- No. OSHA-2007-0007. Comments
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