CESRC MeetingsInformative presentations from a number of government organizations comprised the vast majority of the most recent meeting of AEM’s Construction Equipment Standards and Regulations Committee (CESRC).

Held June 19 in Washington D.C., the meeting afforded committee members a unique opportunity to network with and hear from government officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and other entities.

“These organizations and the work they do are extremely important to AEM members, as they dictate many significant standards and regulations directly affecting equipment manufacturers and the ability to deliver products to end users,” said AEM Technical and Safety Services Manager William “Bernie” Bernhard. “Therefore, it’s of great value to hear what their representatives have to say, and use the time spent to build lasting and mutually beneficial alliances.”

The CESRC set aside its usual meeting schedule to make time for presentations and hear directly from government representatives and their organizations on issues they are concentrating on to make the workforce in the U.S safe. The following government officials and the key issues they discussed include:

Kit Rudd, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce

  • Deliverables: Intellectual property protection; Export promotion programs; DOC data services; ITAC – Industry’s voice in trade negotiations
  • Offices in 80 countries and U.S. Export Assistance Centers in 108 locations, plus, 370 industry representatives
  • Export financing: Small business administration; Export-Import Bank; U.S. Trade and Development Agency

 Scott Ketcham, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA and Vernon Preston, Regulation Analyst, OSHA

  • Focus on fatalities: falls (370); electrocutions (82); struck by object (93); caught (55)
  • Crane operator requirements proposed rule – must publish before Nov. 10, 2018
  • Enforcement, rulemaking and education; dual-rated equipment, reduce trenching and excavation hazards
  • Programs include National Fall Safety Stand-Down; training and excavation resources

David Zatezalo, Assistant Secretary of Labor, Mining Safety & Health Administration (MSHA)

  • “To prevent death, illness and injury from mining and promote safe and healthful workplaces for U.S. miners.”
  • Proximity detection; fatigue management; seat belt improvements; collision avoidance
  • “Let’s take care of the people going to work tomorrow morning.”

Karl Simon, Secretary, U.S. Environment Protection Agency

  • Members should be proud of air quality successes
  • Focus: Renewable fuels; refrigerants; streamlining concepts; NR engine space; NOX program

R.J. Matetic, Ph.D, Director, National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH)

  • Eliminate mining fatalities, injuries and illnesses through relevant research and impactful solutions
  • Unfamiliar risks; complex ecosystem; information overload; evolving technologies; new procedures; critical decision-making

Robert Brocx, Technical Steward, Red Dot Corporation

  • HFO-R1234YF – low GWP refrigerant used in air conditioning
  • U.S. EPA, European Union and Kigali Amendment to Montreal protocol regulations
  • Off-road industries must adopt new refrigerant

“I appreciate the investment of time made by members of the CESRC to travel to Washington D.C. and meet, greet and network face-to-face with key government officials,” said Bernhard.

The next meeting of the CESRC is Dec. 11-12 in Schiller Park, Illinois.

For more information, contact AEM Technical and Safety Services Manager William "Bernie" Bernhard (wbernhard@aem.org, tel: 414-298-4106).

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