A description of the proposed changes are as follows:

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General Industry Safety Orders
Chapter 4, Subchapter 7, Article 1, Section 3207;
Article 41, Section 3999(c)
Conveyor Crossovers
INITIAL STATEMENT OF REASONS


INFORMATIVE DIGEST OF PROPOSED ACTION/PLAIN ENGLISH OVERVIEW

Section 3207. Definitions.

This section contains various alphabetized definitions for terminology used throughout the General Industry Safety Orders (i.e. access, accessible, accessible location, adequate, agricultural building, etc.).

A revision is proposed to add a new definition for the term "crossover", to clarify acceptable crossovers in performance terms. The proposed definition provides examples of various types of conveyor crossovers and would apply to horizontal live roller and belted conveyors.

The proposed definition will clarify to the employer the meaning of the term "crossover" as used in Section 3999(c).

Section 3999. Conveyors.

Existing Section 3999 contains regulations pertaining to various types of conveyors, including the use of crossovers.

Existing subsection (c) requires crossovers whenever necessary to allow employees to safely cross over hazardous conveyors.

The proposed amendment to subsection (c) cross-references the proposed "crossover" definition in Section 3207. In addition, the first sentence of subsection (c) contains a nonsubstantive revision to make it consistent with the proposed "crossover" definition. Furthermore, this proposal deletes the ambiguous and unnecessary term "hazardous" to eliminate ambiguity and further clarify the regulation.

The proposed revisions will have no other effect than to clarify what is meant by the term crossover in order to prevent accidental foot contact with moving or movable conveyor parts, and to provide examples of acceptable crossover methods.

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