NSPE Submits Public Comment to Ensure PE’s Continued Role in Railroad Roadway Work

Monday, September 10, 2018

In an effort to maintain safety and health protections for workers while reducing employers’ compliance burdens, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a rule that would expand exemptions affecting railroad equipment. As part of the proposed rule, if a machine’s manufacturer requires using rail clamps, then the employer would have two options: (1) ensure that the clamps are used; or (2) operate without clamps only if a licensed professional engineer determines that the clamps are not necessary.

On August 30, NSPE President Michael Aitken, P.E., F.NSPE, submitted public comment to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reiterating NSPE’s and OSHA’s goal of maintaining public health and safety, and the belief that “professional engineers have the necessary education, experience, and qualifications to enable them to provide the critical engineering expertise to identify potential alternatives to withholding rail clamps to ensure public safety is protected.”

NSPE and the professional engineers it represents share a common purpose with OSHA in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public, and urge OSHA to continue to use the critical engineering expertise of professional engineers to identify any opportunity to ensure the public safety.