Injury and Illness Prevention Program, 35360-35362 [2010-15041]

Download as PDF 35360 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 119 / Tuesday, June 22, 2010 / Proposed Rules (2) Within 1,000 flight cycles after the last inspection done in accordance with paragraph (l) of this AD or 500 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Post-Repair Inspection for External Doubler Repair 29 CFR Part 1910 (o) For all airplanes: Do an internal surface HFEC inspection for cracking of the skin at any external doubler repairs greater than 40 inches in length (in the horizontal direction) within 1,000 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin 747–53–2307, Revision 3, dated April 16, 2009. Thereafter, perform that inspection at intervals not to exceed 3,000 flight cycles. (p) If any cracking is found during any inspection required by paragraph (o) of this AD, repair in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin 747–53–2307, Revision 3, dated April 16, 2009. Injury and Illness Prevention Program srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with PROPOSALS Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (q)(1) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: Ivan Li, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 917–6437; fax (425) 917–6590. Or, email information to 9-ANM-Seattle-ACOAMOC-Requests@faa.gov. (2) To request a different method of compliance or a different compliance time for this AD, follow the procedures in 14 CFR 39.19. Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your principal maintenance inspector (PMI) or principal avionics inspector (PAI), as appropriate, or lacking a principal inspector, your local Flight Standards District Office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD. (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be used for any repair required by this AD, if it is approved by an Authorized Representative for the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization who has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO, to make those findings. For a repair method to be approved, the repair must meet the certification basis of the airplane, and the approval must specifically refer to this AD. (4) AMOCs approved previously in accordance with AD 90–15–06, Amendment 39–6653; and AD 94–12–09, Amendment 39– 8937; are approved as AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of this AD. Issued in Renton, Washington, on June 16, 2010. Robert D. Breneman, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2010–15054 Filed 6–21–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:10 Jun 21, 2010 Jkt 220001 Occupational Safety and Health Administration AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor. ACTION: Notice of additional stakeholder meetings. OSHA invites interested parties to participate in two stakeholder meetings on Injury and Illness Prevention Programs, in addition to those meetings announced on May 4, 2010. OSHA recently conducted two stakeholder meetings in East Brunswick, NJ, on June 3, 2010, and in Dallas, TX, on June 10, 2010. OSHA has closed registration on a third meeting in Washington, DC, to be held on June 29, 2010. More stakeholders expressed interest in participating in the Washington, DC meeting than could be accommodated. Therefore, OSHA is issuing this notice to announce an additional meeting in Washington, DC, as well as a meeting in Sacramento, CA. OSHA plans to use the information gathered at these meetings in developing an Injury and Illness Prevention Program proposed rule. The discussions will be informal and will provide the Agency with the necessary information to develop a rule that will help employers reduce workplace injuries and illnesses through a systematic process that proactively addresses workplace safety and health hazards. SUMMARY: Dates and locations for the stakeholder meetings are: • July 20, 2010, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Washington, DC. • August 3, 2010, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Sacramento, CA. The deadlines for confirmed registration at each meeting are July 6, 2010 and July 20, 2010 respectively. ADDRESSES: DATES: I. Registration Submit your notice of intent to participate in one of the scheduled meetings by one of the following methods: • Electronic. Register at https:// www2.ergweb.com/projects/ conferences/osha/register-oshaI2P2.htm (follow the instructions online). • Facsimile. Fax your request to: (781) 674–2906, and label it ‘‘Attention: OSHA Injury and Illness Prevention PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Program Stakeholder Meeting Registration.’’ • Regular mail, express delivery, hand (courier) delivery, and messenger service. Send your request to: Eastern Research Group, Inc., 110 Hartwell Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421; Attention: OSHA Injury and Illness Prevention Program Stakeholder Meeting Registration. II. Meetings Specific information on the location of each meeting can be found on the Injury and Illness Prevention Program Web site at https://www2.ergweb.com/ projects/conferences/osha/register-oshaI2P2.htm FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding this notice is available from the following sources: • Press inquiries. Contact Jennifer Ashley, Director, OSHA Office of Communications, Room N–3647, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693–1999. • General and technical information. Contact Michael Seymour, OSHA Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Room N–3718, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210, telephone: (202) 693–1950. • Copies of this Federal Register notice. Electronic copies are available at http://www.regulations.gov. This Federal Register notice, as well as news releases and other relevant information, also are available on the OSHA Web page at http://www.osha.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Over the past 30 years, the occupational safety and health community has used various names to describe systematic approaches to reducing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. OSHA has voluntary Safety and Health Management Program guidelines, consensus and international standards use the term ‘‘Safety and Health Management Systems,’’ and OSHA’s State plan States use terms such as ‘‘Injury and Illness Prevention Programs’’ and ‘‘Accident Prevention Programs.’’ In this notice, OSHA uses the term ‘‘Injury and Illness Prevention Programs.’’ Regardless of the title, the common goal of these approaches is to help employers reduce workplace injuries and illnesses through a systematic process that proactively addresses workplace safety and health hazards. E:\FR\FM\22JNP1.SGM 22JNP1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 119 / Tuesday, June 22, 2010 / Proposed Rules srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with PROPOSALS OSHA’s History With Safety and Health Programs The Occupational Safety and Health Act (29 U.S.C. 651 et seq.) (the Act) in Section 17, paragraph (j), provides the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) the authority to assess civil penalties giving due consideration to the good faith of the employer. Based on this paragraph of the Act, OSHA developed a policy of reducing penalties for employers who have violated OSHA standards but who have demonstrated a good faith effort to provide a safe and healthy workplace to their employees. The Agency has long recognized the implementation of a safety and health program as a way of demonstrating good faith. Similarly, in its first decision, the OSHRC held that good faith compliance efforts are gauged primarily by the presence of effective safety and health programs (Nacirema Operating Co., 1 O.S.H. Cas. (BNA) 1001 (Rev. Comm’n 1972)). Over the years, OSHA established a number of initiatives to encourage employers to develop and implement employee safety and health programs. OSHA’s Small Business Consultation Program, which offers small businesses with exemplary safety and health programs an opportunity for recognition under their Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) and the Agency’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) are two examples of such initiatives. The Agency established the VPP to recognize companies in the private sector with outstanding records in the area of employee safety and health. It became apparent that many of these worksites, which had higher levels of compliance, fewer serious hazards, and injury and illness rates markedly below industry averages, were relying on safety and health programs to produce these results. Based on the growing support for safety and health programs, OSHA issued the Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines in 1989 (54 FR 3908). These guidelines reflect the best management practices of successful companies and encourage employers to institute and maintain a program which provides systematic policies, procedures, and practices that are adequate to recognize and protect their employees from occupational safety and health hazards. The guidelines identify four major elements of an effective program: management commitment and employee involvement; worksite analysis; hazard prevention and controls; and safety and health training. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:10 Jun 21, 2010 Jkt 220001 OSHA’s Previous Rulemaking Effort In October of 1995, OSHA held the first series of stakeholder meetings to discuss preliminary ideas for a Safety and Health Program rule and the significant issues raised by such a rule. Many small businesses and organizations representing small businesses attended the stakeholder meetings. Staff members from the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration (SBA) were also present at the stakeholder meetings. In all, OSHA interacted with hundreds of stakeholders, including employers, employees, employee representatives, trade associations, State and local government personnel, safety and health professionals, Advisory Committees, and other interested parties. In 1998, OSHA developed a draft proposed rule that required employers in general industry and maritime workplaces to establish safety and health programs. The program in the draft proposed rule had five core elements, including: Management leadership and employee participation; hazard identification and assessment; hazard prevention and control; information and training; and evaluation of the program’s effectiveness. In developing the draft proposed rule, OSHA worked extensively with stakeholders from labor, industry, safety and health organizations, State governments, trade associations, insurance companies, and small businesses. On October 20, 1998, OSHA convened a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) Panel for the draft Safety and Health Program proposed rule. The Panel provided small entity representatives (SERs) with initial drafts of the rule, a summary of the rule, the Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis, a summary of the benefits and costs of the rule as it affected firms in the small entity representative’s industry, OSHA’s draft enforcement policy for the rule, and a list of issues of interest to panel members. The SBREFA Panel held teleconferences and received written comments from the SERs. The comments, and the Panel’s responses to them, formed the principal basis for the Panel’s report. The Panel’s report provided background information on the draft proposed rule and the types of small entities that would be subject to the proposed rule, described the Panel’s efforts to obtain the advice and recommendations of representatives of those small entities, summarized the comments received from those PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 35361 representatives, and presented the findings and recommendations of the Panel. A proposed Safety and Health Program rule was never published, and the rulemaking effort was removed from the Regulatory Agenda on August 15, 2002. However, the effort in the 1990s showed the interest of OSHA, the States, employers, employees, OSHA’s advisory committees, and others in a systematic process that proactively addresses workplace safety and health hazards. It demonstrated that OSHA was not alone in believing that these processes work to save lives and to prevent injuries and illnesses in the workplace. Safety and Health Management System Consensus Standards Recently, consensus standards have been developed that address safety and health management systems. The American Industrial Hygiene Association published a voluntary consensus standard, ANSI/AIHA Z10— 2005 Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems, based on the ‘‘Plan-Do-Check-Act’’ cycle. The Z10 standard places an emphasis on continual improvement and systematically eliminating the underlying root cause of hazards. In addition, the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) Project Group, which is an international association of government agencies, private industries, and consulting organizations, developed OHSAS 18001—2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems in response to customer demand for a recognized occupational health and safety management system standard against which their management systems could be assessed and certified. The OHSAS 18001 is published by the British Standards Institute. II. Stakeholder Meetings OSHA conducted stakeholder meetings in East Brunswick, NJ, on June 3, 2010, and in Dallas, TX, on June 10, 2010, announced in the Federal Register on May 4, 2010, at 75 FR 23637) . A third meeting will be held in Washington, DC, on June 29, 2010. Due to high demand for participation in the first three meetings, and to provide an opportunity for those unable to attend one of the prior meetings, OSHA has decided to conduct additional stakeholder meetings in Washington, DC, and Sacramento, CA. The stakeholder meetings will provide OSHA with current information and views from a wide range of interests. The meetings will be conducted as a group discussion. To E:\FR\FM\22JNP1.SGM 22JNP1 srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with PROPOSALS 35362 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 119 / Tuesday, June 22, 2010 / Proposed Rules facilitate as much group interaction as possible, formal presentations will not be permitted. OSHA believes the stakeholder meeting discussion should center on major issues such as: • Possible regulatory approaches •Scope and application of a rule —Covered industries —Covered employers (size, high/low injury rates) —Covered hazards —Relationship to existing OSHA requirements •Organization of a rule —Regulatory text —Mandatory or voluntary appendices —Other standards incorporated by reference • The role of consensus standards • Economic impacts • Any additional topics as time permits In addition, OSHA is interested in receiving feedback on the following specific questions: • In light of the ANSI Z10 standard, the OHSAS 18001 standard, and OSHA’s 1989 guidelines, what are the advantages and disadvantages of addressing through rulemaking a systematic process that proactively addresses workplace safety and health hazards? • Based on OSHA’s experience, the Agency believes that an Injury and Illness Prevention Program rule would include the following elements: 1. Management duties (including items such as establishing a policy, setting goals, planning and allocating resources, and assigning and communicating roles and responsibilities); 2. Employee participation (including items such as involving employees in establishing, maintaining and evaluating the program, employee access to safety and health information, and employee role in incident investigations); 3. Hazard identification and assessment (including items such as what hazards must be identified, information gathering, workplace inspections, incident investigations, hazards associated with changes in the workplace, emergency hazards, hazard assessment and prioritization, and hazard identification tools); 4. Hazard prevention and control (including items such as what hazards must be controlled, hazard control priorities, and the effectiveness of the controls); 5. Education and training (including items such as content of training, relationship to other OSHA training requirements, and periodic training); and 6. Program evaluation and improvement (including items such as VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:10 Jun 21, 2010 Jkt 220001 monitoring performance, correcting program deficiencies, and improving program performance). Are these the appropriate elements? Which elements are essential for an effective approach? Should additional elements be included? • How can OSHA ensure that small business employers are able to implement and maintain an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program? • Should an OSHA Injury and Illness Prevention Program rule apply to every business or should it be limited in some way based on an employer’s size, industry, incident rates, and/or hazard indices? • To what extent should OSHA rely on existing consensus standards in developing a rule? • How can OSHA use State experience with injury and illness prevention in developing a rule? • What mechanisms have been found to be effective for enabling employees to participate in safety and health in the workplace? • Given the variety of names used to describe processes to reduce injuries and illnesses in the workplace, what is the most appropriate name for OSHA to describe this topic? III. Public Participation Approximately 50 participants will be accommodated in each meeting, and eight hours will be allotted for each meeting. Members of the general public may observe, but not participate in, the meetings on a first-come, first-served basis as space permits. OSHA staff will be present to take part in the discussions. Logistics for the meetings are being managed by Eastern Research Group (ERG), which will provide a facilitator and compile notes summarizing the discussion; these notes will not identify individual speakers. ERG also will make an audio recording of each session to ensure that the summary notes are accurate; these recordings will not be transcribed. The summary notes will be available on OSHA’s Web page at http:// www.osha.gov. Specific information on the location of each meeting can be found on the Injury and Illness Prevention Program Web site at https://www2.ergweb.com/ projects/conferences/osha/register-oshaI2P2.htm. To participate in one of the stakeholder meetings, or be a nonparticipating observer, you may submit a notice of intent electronically, by facsimile, or by hard copy. To encourage as wide a range of viewpoints as possible, OSHA will confirm participants as necessary to ensure a fair PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 representation of interests and to facilitate gathering diverse viewpoints. To receive a confirmation of your participation 1 week before the meeting, register by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice. However, registration will remain open until the meetings are full. Additional nonparticipating observers that do not register for the meeting will be accommodated as space permits. See the ADDRESSES section of this notice for the registration Web site, facsimile number, and address. To register electronically, follow the instructions provided on the Web site. To register by mail or facsimile, please indicate the following: • Name, address, phone, fax, and email • Meeting location you would like to attend • Organization for which you work • Organization you represent (if different) • Stakeholder category: government, industry, standards-developing organization, research or testing agency, union, trade association, insurance, consultant, or other (if other, please specify) • Industry sector (if applicable) Electronic copies of this Federal Register notice, as well as news releases and other relevant documents, are available on the OSHA Web page at: http://www.osha.gov. IV. Authority and Signature This document was prepared under the direction of David Michaels, PhD, MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Labor, pursuant to sections 4, 6, and 8 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 653, 655, 657), 29 CFR part 1911, and Secretary’s Order 5–2007 (72 FR 31160). Signed at Washington, DC, on June 17, 2010. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. [FR Doc. 2010–15041 Filed 6–21–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–26–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 81 [Docket EPA–R10–OAR–2010–0294; FRL– 9165–3] Determination of Attainment for PM10 for the Sandpoint PM10 Nonattainment Area, Idaho AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). E:\FR\FM\22JNP1.SGM 22JNP1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 119 (Tuesday, June 22, 2010)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 35360-35362]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-15041]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Part 1910


Injury and Illness Prevention Program

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Notice of additional stakeholder meetings.

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SUMMARY: OSHA invites interested parties to participate in two 
stakeholder meetings on Injury and Illness Prevention Programs, in 
addition to those meetings announced on May 4, 2010. OSHA recently 
conducted two stakeholder meetings in East Brunswick, NJ, on June 3, 
2010, and in Dallas, TX, on June 10, 2010. OSHA has closed registration 
on a third meeting in Washington, DC, to be held on June 29, 2010. More 
stakeholders expressed interest in participating in the Washington, DC 
meeting than could be accommodated. Therefore, OSHA is issuing this 
notice to announce an additional meeting in Washington, DC, as well as 
a meeting in Sacramento, CA. OSHA plans to use the information gathered 
at these meetings in developing an Injury and Illness Prevention 
Program proposed rule. The discussions will be informal and will 
provide the Agency with the necessary information to develop a rule 
that will help employers reduce workplace injuries and illnesses 
through a systematic process that proactively addresses workplace 
safety and health hazards.

DATES: Dates and locations for the stakeholder meetings are:
     July 20, 2010, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Washington, DC.
     August 3, 2010, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Sacramento, CA.
The deadlines for confirmed registration at each meeting are July 6, 
2010 and July 20, 2010 respectively.

ADDRESSES:

I. Registration

    Submit your notice of intent to participate in one of the scheduled 
meetings by one of the following methods:
     Electronic. Register at https://www2.ergweb.com/projects/conferences/osha/register-osha-I2P2.htm (follow the instructions 
online).
     Facsimile. Fax your request to: (781) 674-2906, and label 
it ``Attention: OSHA Injury and Illness Prevention Program Stakeholder 
Meeting Registration.''
     Regular mail, express delivery, hand (courier) delivery, 
and messenger service.
Send your request to: Eastern Research Group, Inc., 110 Hartwell 
Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421; Attention: OSHA Injury and Illness 
Prevention Program Stakeholder Meeting Registration.

II. Meetings

    Specific information on the location of each meeting can be found 
on the Injury and Illness Prevention Program Web site at https://www2.ergweb.com/projects/conferences/osha/register-osha-I2P2.htm

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding this notice is 
available from the following sources:
     Press inquiries. Contact Jennifer Ashley, Director, OSHA 
Office of Communications, Room N-3647, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-
1999.
     General and technical information. Contact Michael 
Seymour, OSHA Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Room N-3718, U.S. 
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 
20210, telephone: (202) 693-1950.
     Copies of this Federal Register notice. Electronic copies 
are available at http://www.regulations.gov. This Federal Register 
notice, as well as news releases and other relevant information, also 
are available on the OSHA Web page at http://www.osha.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Over the past 30 years, the occupational safety and health 
community has used various names to describe systematic approaches to 
reducing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. OSHA has voluntary 
Safety and Health Management Program guidelines, consensus and 
international standards use the term ``Safety and Health Management 
Systems,'' and OSHA's State plan States use terms such as ``Injury and 
Illness Prevention Programs'' and ``Accident Prevention Programs.'' In 
this notice, OSHA uses the term ``Injury and Illness Prevention 
Programs.'' Regardless of the title, the common goal of these 
approaches is to help employers reduce workplace injuries and illnesses 
through a systematic process that proactively addresses workplace 
safety and health hazards.

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OSHA's History With Safety and Health Programs

    The Occupational Safety and Health Act (29 U.S.C. 651 et seq.) (the 
Act) in Section 17, paragraph (j), provides the Occupational Safety and 
Health Review Commission (OSHRC) the authority to assess civil 
penalties giving due consideration to the good faith of the employer. 
Based on this paragraph of the Act, OSHA developed a policy of reducing 
penalties for employers who have violated OSHA standards but who have 
demonstrated a good faith effort to provide a safe and healthy 
workplace to their employees. The Agency has long recognized the 
implementation of a safety and health program as a way of demonstrating 
good faith. Similarly, in its first decision, the OSHRC held that good 
faith compliance efforts are gauged primarily by the presence of 
effective safety and health programs (Nacirema Operating Co., 1 O.S.H. 
Cas. (BNA) 1001 (Rev. Comm'n 1972)).
    Over the years, OSHA established a number of initiatives to 
encourage employers to develop and implement employee safety and health 
programs. OSHA's Small Business Consultation Program, which offers 
small businesses with exemplary safety and health programs an 
opportunity for recognition under their Safety and Health Achievement 
Recognition Program (SHARP) and the Agency's Voluntary Protection 
Programs (VPP) are two examples of such initiatives. The Agency 
established the VPP to recognize companies in the private sector with 
outstanding records in the area of employee safety and health. It 
became apparent that many of these worksites, which had higher levels 
of compliance, fewer serious hazards, and injury and illness rates 
markedly below industry averages, were relying on safety and health 
programs to produce these results.
    Based on the growing support for safety and health programs, OSHA 
issued the Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines in 1989 (54 
FR 3908). These guidelines reflect the best management practices of 
successful companies and encourage employers to institute and maintain 
a program which provides systematic policies, procedures, and practices 
that are adequate to recognize and protect their employees from 
occupational safety and health hazards. The guidelines identify four 
major elements of an effective program: management commitment and 
employee involvement; worksite analysis; hazard prevention and 
controls; and safety and health training.

OSHA's Previous Rulemaking Effort

    In October of 1995, OSHA held the first series of stakeholder 
meetings to discuss preliminary ideas for a Safety and Health Program 
rule and the significant issues raised by such a rule. Many small 
businesses and organizations representing small businesses attended the 
stakeholder meetings. Staff members from the Office of Advocacy of the 
Small Business Administration (SBA) were also present at the 
stakeholder meetings. In all, OSHA interacted with hundreds of 
stakeholders, including employers, employees, employee representatives, 
trade associations, State and local government personnel, safety and 
health professionals, Advisory Committees, and other interested 
parties.
    In 1998, OSHA developed a draft proposed rule that required 
employers in general industry and maritime workplaces to establish 
safety and health programs. The program in the draft proposed rule had 
five core elements, including: Management leadership and employee 
participation; hazard identification and assessment; hazard prevention 
and control; information and training; and evaluation of the program's 
effectiveness. In developing the draft proposed rule, OSHA worked 
extensively with stakeholders from labor, industry, safety and health 
organizations, State governments, trade associations, insurance 
companies, and small businesses.
    On October 20, 1998, OSHA convened a Small Business Regulatory 
Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) Panel for the draft Safety and Health 
Program proposed rule. The Panel provided small entity representatives 
(SERs) with initial drafts of the rule, a summary of the rule, the 
Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis, a summary of the benefits and 
costs of the rule as it affected firms in the small entity 
representative's industry, OSHA's draft enforcement policy for the 
rule, and a list of issues of interest to panel members.
    The SBREFA Panel held teleconferences and received written comments 
from the SERs. The comments, and the Panel's responses to them, formed 
the principal basis for the Panel's report. The Panel's report provided 
background information on the draft proposed rule and the types of 
small entities that would be subject to the proposed rule, described 
the Panel's efforts to obtain the advice and recommendations of 
representatives of those small entities, summarized the comments 
received from those representatives, and presented the findings and 
recommendations of the Panel.
    A proposed Safety and Health Program rule was never published, and 
the rulemaking effort was removed from the Regulatory Agenda on August 
15, 2002. However, the effort in the 1990s showed the interest of OSHA, 
the States, employers, employees, OSHA's advisory committees, and 
others in a systematic process that proactively addresses workplace 
safety and health hazards. It demonstrated that OSHA was not alone in 
believing that these processes work to save lives and to prevent 
injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

Safety and Health Management System Consensus Standards

    Recently, consensus standards have been developed that address 
safety and health management systems. The American Industrial Hygiene 
Association published a voluntary consensus standard, ANSI/AIHA Z10--
2005 Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems, based on the 
``Plan-Do-Check-Act'' cycle. The Z10 standard places an emphasis on 
continual improvement and systematically eliminating the underlying 
root cause of hazards. In addition, the Occupational Health and Safety 
Assessment Series (OHSAS) Project Group, which is an international 
association of government agencies, private industries, and consulting 
organizations, developed OHSAS 18001--2007 Occupational Health and 
Safety Management Systems in response to customer demand for a 
recognized occupational health and safety management system standard 
against which their management systems could be assessed and certified. 
The OHSAS 18001 is published by the British Standards Institute.

II. Stakeholder Meetings

    OSHA conducted stakeholder meetings in East Brunswick, NJ, on June 
3, 2010, and in Dallas, TX, on June 10, 2010, announced in the Federal 
Register on May 4, 2010, at 75 FR 23637) . A third meeting will be held 
in Washington, DC, on June 29, 2010. Due to high demand for 
participation in the first three meetings, and to provide an 
opportunity for those unable to attend one of the prior meetings, OSHA 
has decided to conduct additional stakeholder meetings in Washington, 
DC, and Sacramento, CA.
    The stakeholder meetings will provide OSHA with current information 
and views from a wide range of interests. The meetings will be 
conducted as a group discussion. To

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facilitate as much group interaction as possible, formal presentations 
will not be permitted. OSHA believes the stakeholder meeting discussion 
should center on major issues such as:
     Possible regulatory approaches
    Scope and application of a rule
    --Covered industries
    --Covered employers (size, high/low injury rates)
    --Covered hazards
    --Relationship to existing OSHA requirements
    Organization of a rule
    --Regulatory text
    --Mandatory or voluntary appendices
    --Other standards incorporated by reference
     The role of consensus standards
     Economic impacts
     Any additional topics as time permits
    In addition, OSHA is interested in receiving feedback on the 
following specific questions:
     In light of the ANSI Z10 standard, the OHSAS 18001 
standard, and OSHA's 1989 guidelines, what are the advantages and 
disadvantages of addressing through rulemaking a systematic process 
that proactively addresses workplace safety and health hazards?
     Based on OSHA's experience, the Agency believes that an 
Injury and Illness Prevention Program rule would include the following 
elements:
    1. Management duties (including items such as establishing a 
policy, setting goals, planning and allocating resources, and assigning 
and communicating roles and responsibilities);
    2. Employee participation (including items such as involving 
employees in establishing, maintaining and evaluating the program, 
employee access to safety and health information, and employee role in 
incident investigations);
    3. Hazard identification and assessment (including items such as 
what hazards must be identified, information gathering, workplace 
inspections, incident investigations, hazards associated with changes 
in the workplace, emergency hazards, hazard assessment and 
prioritization, and hazard identification tools);
    4. Hazard prevention and control (including items such as what 
hazards must be controlled, hazard control priorities, and the 
effectiveness of the controls);
    5. Education and training (including items such as content of 
training, relationship to other OSHA training requirements, and 
periodic training); and
    6. Program evaluation and improvement (including items such as 
monitoring performance, correcting program deficiencies, and improving 
program performance).
    Are these the appropriate elements? Which elements are essential 
for an effective approach? Should additional elements be included?
     How can OSHA ensure that small business employers are able 
to implement and maintain an effective Injury and Illness Prevention 
Program?
     Should an OSHA Injury and Illness Prevention Program rule 
apply to every business or should it be limited in some way based on an 
employer's size, industry, incident rates, and/or hazard indices?
     To what extent should OSHA rely on existing consensus 
standards in developing a rule?
     How can OSHA use State experience with injury and illness 
prevention in developing a rule?
     What mechanisms have been found to be effective for 
enabling employees to participate in safety and health in the 
workplace?
     Given the variety of names used to describe processes to 
reduce injuries and illnesses in the workplace, what is the most 
appropriate name for OSHA to describe this topic?

III. Public Participation

    Approximately 50 participants will be accommodated in each meeting, 
and eight hours will be allotted for each meeting. Members of the 
general public may observe, but not participate in, the meetings on a 
first-come, first-served basis as space permits. OSHA staff will be 
present to take part in the discussions. Logistics for the meetings are 
being managed by Eastern Research Group (ERG), which will provide a 
facilitator and compile notes summarizing the discussion; these notes 
will not identify individual speakers. ERG also will make an audio 
recording of each session to ensure that the summary notes are 
accurate; these recordings will not be transcribed. The summary notes 
will be available on OSHA's Web page at http://www.osha.gov.
    Specific information on the location of each meeting can be found 
on the Injury and Illness Prevention Program Web site at https://www2.ergweb.com/projects/conferences/osha/register-osha-I2P2.htm.
    To participate in one of the stakeholder meetings, or be a 
nonparticipating observer, you may submit a notice of intent 
electronically, by facsimile, or by hard copy. To encourage as wide a 
range of viewpoints as possible, OSHA will confirm participants as 
necessary to ensure a fair representation of interests and to 
facilitate gathering diverse viewpoints. To receive a confirmation of 
your participation 1 week before the meeting, register by the date 
listed in the DATES section of this notice. However, registration will 
remain open until the meetings are full. Additional nonparticipating 
observers that do not register for the meeting will be accommodated as 
space permits. See the ADDRESSES section of this notice for the 
registration Web site, facsimile number, and address. To register 
electronically, follow the instructions provided on the Web site. To 
register by mail or facsimile, please indicate the following:
     Name, address, phone, fax, and e-mail
     Meeting location you would like to attend
     Organization for which you work
     Organization you represent (if different)
     Stakeholder category: government, industry, standards-
developing organization, research or testing agency, union, trade 
association, insurance, consultant, or other (if other, please specify)
     Industry sector (if applicable)
    Electronic copies of this Federal Register notice, as well as news 
releases and other relevant documents, are available on the OSHA Web 
page at: http://www.osha.gov.

IV. Authority and Signature

    This document was prepared under the direction of David Michaels, 
PhD, MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and 
Health, U.S. Department of Labor, pursuant to sections 4, 6, and 8 of 
the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 653, 655, 
657), 29 CFR part 1911, and Secretary's Order 5-2007 (72 FR 31160).

    Signed at Washington, DC, on June 17, 2010.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2010-15041 Filed 6-21-10; 8:45 am]
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