OSHA holds informal proposal hearing

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) held an informal public hearing May 19 to discuss OSHA's proposed rule to extend the compliance date for crane operator certification and the existing phase-in requirement for employers to ensure their operators are qualified to operate equipment.

The hearing's purpose was to gather additional information related to whether OSHA should extend the requirement by three years. On Feb. 10, OSHA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to extend the deadline for the operator certification and the existing employer duties to Nov. 10, 2017. Comments were accepted until March 12. The agency received 60 comments, one of which requested a hearing.

For more information about the informal hearing and the proposed rule, visit www.osha.gov.