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NSSGA’s Technical Task Force has developed technical language (see attached document) urging that MSHA update two outdated equipment standards. NSSGA believes that such updates would bolster stakeholder confidence in MSHA standards, and foster a safer workplace environment.

In regard to parking brakes (56.14101 [a][2]) – concerning testing – NSSGA submits that manufacturer guidance should determine the method used. And, in regard to safety belts (56.15005), the terms’ safety belts and lines’ should be replaced with more current terms such as “fall protection” or “fall arrest” methods. NSSGA plans to submit these recommendations on Friday, June 1.

Please direct any questions or comments to Joseph Casper by email or at (703) 526-1074.

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