September 2013

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

by Harry Dietz
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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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