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.