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OSHA clarifies info in cranes and derricks, hazcom rules

November 2, 2011

Washington – OSHA recently issued two letters of interpretation.

In an Oct. 13 letter to the Edison Electric Institute, OSHA clarified voltage information exchange requirements and options for de-energizing power lines in the cranes and derricks rule (.pdf file). The letter fulfills OSHA’s obligation under a settlement agreement reached after EEI challenged OSHA in October 2010, arguing for an exception to the rule for digger derricks.

An Oct. 18 letter makes clear that a provision in the Hazard Communication Standard does not pre-empt state tort claims.