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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AA65 Publication ID: Spring 1997 
Title: Steel Erection (Part 1926) (Safety Protection for Ironworking) 
Abstract: On December 29, 1992, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its intention to form a negotiated rulemaking advisory committee to negotiate issues associated with a revision of the existing steel erection standard. The Steel Erection Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee (SENRAC), a 20-member committee, was established, and the SENRAC charter was signed by Secretary Reich on May 26, 1994, and was recently re-chartered for a 2-year period. Four of the primary issues the committee has negotiated include the need to expand the scope and application of the existing standard, construction specifications and work practices, written construction safety erection plans , and fall protection. The Committee met 11 times over an 18-month period and completed work on the draft regulatory text for the proposed steel erection standard on December 1, 1995. ^PThe negotiated rulemaking process has been successful in bringing together the interested parties that will be affected by the proposed revision to the steel erection rule to work out contrasting positions, find common ground on the major issues, and develop language for a proposed rule. The use of this process and a neutral facilitator allowed the stakeholders to develop an ownership stake in the proposal that they would not have had without the use of this process. ^PThe process has led to a draft revision to subpart R of 29 CFR 1926 that contains innovative provisions that will help to minimize the major causes of steel erection injuries and fatalities. Many of these provisions could not have been developed without this process, which has brought together industry experts, via face-to-face negotiations, to discuss different approaches to resolving the issues. This process has proved mutually beneficial to all the parties involved (including OSHA), with each Committee member participating in resolving the issues and developing practical and effective rules to make the steel erection industry safer. ^PThe Agency benefitted from this process by having industry members participate and add to the Agency's knowledge about steel erection. Also, the Agency has been able to work together constructively with the various parties and has avoided the adversarial environment that sometimes develops during OSHA rulemaking. The negotiated rulemaking process will enable the Agency to publish a proposal and go from proposal to final rule more quickly and with less controversy than would otherwise have been possible. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1926.750 (Revision)    29 CFR 1926.751 (Revision)    29 CFR 1926.752 (Revision)   
Legal Authority: 29 USC 655    40 USC 333   
Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Committee Establishment  05/11/1994  59 FR 24389   
NPRM  09/00/1997    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Noah Connell
Deputy Director, Directorate of Construction
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Room N3468, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3468,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2020
Fax:202 693-1689