The Office of Management and Budget has approved the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) petition to pursue new safety standards for reinforcing steel and post-tensioning activities.
The safety regulatory agency is next expected to publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing this regulatory initiative as a “request for information” and will solicit comments from stakeholders in the reinforcing industry.
The Agency’s action to pursue new safety standards was prompted by a series of meetings with OSHA officials and support from an industry coalition of labor and management stakeholders. Additionally, members of the OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) voted unanimously to pursue new safety standards that address hazards during reinforcing steel and post-tensioning activities.
Representatives from the Iron Workers International Union, International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust, National Association of Reinforcing Steel Contractors, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, Post Tensioning Institute, Western Steel Council, Department of Reinforcing Ironworkers Advisory Committee and The Center for Construction Research and Training have all voiced support of OSHA’s initiative to create further safety standards for their respective industries.