California OSHA Adopts Reinforcing Steel and Post-Tensioning Standards

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) has voted to adopt the Iron Workers (IW) safety standard updates for reinforcing steel and post-tensioning activities. California is the first state-approved OSHA plan to work with the IW to reform existing safety standards. The IW Safety and Health Department has been working with the IW Department of Reinforcing Steel and industry stakeholders such as the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI), National Association of Reinforcing Steel Contractors (NARSC), Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) and the Western Steel Council (WSC) to reform existing standards since 2010.
 
In 2013, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) updated its A10.9 Concrete and Masonry standard to reflect reforms the IW Safety and Health Department and the industry stakeholders proposed. As part of the 2017 ZERO Incident Campaign commissioned by the IW General President Eric Dean, the IW Safety and Health Department is pursuing updates to the 1971 federal OSHA standard to prevent incidents and fatalities. It continues to pursue new reinforcing steel and post-tensioning standards in other state-approved OSHA plans throughout the country.
 
“The 1971 federal OSHA standard must be updated,” says IW Executive Director of Safety and Health Steve Rank. “It doesn’t address the hazards that cause incidents during reinforcing steel and post-tensioning activities.”  
 
There’s a direct correlation between incident trends and lack of regulations specific to reinforcing steel and post-tensioning activities. The reforms adopted by the California OSHSB is a step towards reducing preventable fatalities and injuries. The IW Safety and Health Department is urging other state OSHA plans to follow the Cal-OSHA and ANSI lead. 
 
The standards are expected to be in effect in January 2017. A series of town hall meetings will be held in California to help reinforcing steel contractors and ironworkers prepare for the implementation.
 

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