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OSHA's revised regulations present some challenges for moving roofing materials

Nearly three years have passed since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) revised crane regulations became effective. The rules (29 CFR 1926.1400-1442, Subpart CC) have had a significant effect on material handling operations during roof system removal and installation.

OSHA's new crane standard came about as the result of a negotiated rule-making process. In such an approach, stakeholders from various groups, including OSHA staff, attempt to develop a consensus document for submission to the agency and, if approved, it is published as a proposed rule for public comment.

Negotiated rule making often is seen as a less adversarial process that fosters a more balanced approach. The anticipated result is the rule will be more readily accepted and generally easier to enforce; essential to this is the agency acceptance of the consensus of the rule-making committee. But a number of key provisions in the crane regulations remain areas of contention for construction trade groups.

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