(Ergonomics in Construction) Ballot Results

December 3, 2004

Today the American Society of Safety Engineers has confirmed that the ANSI/ASSE A10.40-200X Standard has went through preliminary approval by the full A10 Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) along a voting percentage line of 70% to 30%. Please note that approval of draft standards comes under Section 8.3 of the A10 ASC accredited procedures:

8.3 Actions Requiring Approval by Two-Thirds of Those Voting

The following actions require a letter ballot or an equivalent formal recorded vote with
approval by at least a majority of the membership and at least two-thirds of those voting,
excluding abstentions and unreturned ballots:

(1) Adoption of Committee procedures, categories of interests or revisions thereof;
(2) Approval of a new standard or reaffirmation of an existing standard;
(3) Approval of revision or addendum to part or all of a standard;
(4) Approval of change of Committee scope;
(5) Approval of termination of the Committee.

What does this mean? It means that the draft has went through the first stage of approval and has received preliminary committee approval. The secretariat has sent the entire A10 ASC ballot results and comments to the subgroup chair and liaison with a copy to all committee members for review and action. Per the A10 ASC accredited procedures the subgroup chair and liaison are required to put forth a good faith attempt to resolve the negative ballots and look at all of the comments submitted with the ballots regardless of how the representative voted. If a commenter agrees to withdraw his/her negative ballot there must be documentation. It is also important to note that substantive changes required to resolve objections and unresolved objections shall be reported separately and in writing to the committee members to afford all members an opportunity to respond to the comments or to reaffirm or change their vote. The reconsideration time period runs four weeks, but there is no estimate at this time when such a reconsideration time period will take place. Finally, committee members and stakeholders who filed public review comments always have the opportunity to pursue a course of an appeal with the secretariat if they believe the accredited procedures have not been followed correctly or their concerns have not been adequately heard out. We are not yet at this step of the process as the subgroup chair and liaison still have review and response actions to perform.

Public Review information about the draft standard can be viewed at the link below:

http://www.asse.org/publications/standards/a10/a10_102904_review.php