NASSCO Obtains Favorable OSHA Ruling For Confined Space

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | November 2008 Vol. 63 No. 11

Immediately after the September hearing, Gemora submitted a letter to OSHA for inclusion in its record about the proposed rule change. The document supports the agency's decision not to include rehabilitation in the "construction" category of confined space rules, provides additional documentation supporting NASSCO’s position on the proposed rule change, and expressed concern about the possibility of confusion about applicability of OSHA general industry standards to sewer maintenance and rehabilitation work.

NASSCO has more than 350 members in North America representing rehabilitation industry manufacturers and suppliers, municipalities and utility districts, engineers and contracting firms, employing approximately 34,000 people. NASSCO publications and guidelines are referenced in municipal sewer and drainage bid documents, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and others often reference NASSCO guidelines in judicial consent degrees and orders, said Gemora.

"An important lesson to be learned from this issue is that NASSCO is looking out for the interests of the industry we represent," he concluded. "Opposition to the proposed rule change and other efforts on behalf of the industry is costly; we need the support, including financial support, of industry members to continue to provide effective changes that represent the interests of the industry."

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