Occupational Safety and Health Administration May 2010 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, FY 2010
Document Number: 2010-12692
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-27
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This notice announces grant availability of approximately $8 million for the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program for Capacity Building grants. The complete Harwood solicitation for grant applications (SGA) for Capacity Building grants is available at: http:/ /www.grants.gov.
Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems)
Document Number: 2010-10418
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-05-24
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA proposes to revise the walking-working surfaces standards and the personal protective equipment standards in our regulations. The proposal is estimated to reduce the number of fall-related employee deaths and injuries by updating the rule to include new technology (including personal fall protection systems) and industry methods. OSHA believes that the proper use of personal fall protection systems can protect employees from injury and death due to falls to different elevations. The proposal reorganizes the rule in a clearer, more logical manner and provides greater compliance flexibility. The proposed rule is written in plain-language to make it easier to understand, thereby facilitating compliance. Additionally, the proposal increases consistency between construction, maritime, and general industry standards, and eliminates duplication.
National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH)
Document Number: 2010-12175
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-21
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health invites interested persons to submit nominations for membership on NACOSH.
National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH)
Document Number: 2010-12172
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-21
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) will meet June 8, 2010, in Washington, DC.
Safety Standards for Steel Erection
Document Number: 2010-10983
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-05-17
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This technical amendment adds a nonmandatory note to the OSHA standards governing steel erection. The note provides information regarding existing Federal Highway Administration regulations that may apply to employers engaged in activities covered by OSHA's steel erection standards.
Revising the Notification Requirements in the Exposure Determination Provisions of the Hexavalent Chromium Standards
Document Number: 2010-11586
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-05-14
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA is confirming the effective date of its direct final rule (DFR) revising the employee notification requirements in the exposure determination provisions of the standards for Hexavalent Chromium (Cr(VI)). In the March 17, 2010, DFR document, OSHA stated that the DFR would become effective on June 15, 2010, unless one or more significant adverse comments were submitted by April 16, 2010. OSHA did not receive significant adverse comments on the DFR, so by this document the Agency is confirming that the DFR will become effective on June 15, 2010.
Revising the Notification Requirements in the Exposure Determination Provisions of the Hexavalent Chromium Standards
Document Number: 2010-11583
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-05-14
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
With this notice, OSHA is withdrawing the proposed rule that accompanied its direct final rule (DFR) amending the employee notification requirements in the exposure determination provisions of the Hexavalent Chromium (Cr(VI)) standards.
Regulatory Flexibility Act Review of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
Document Number: 2010-11579
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-05-14
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is conducting a review of its Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act and Section 5 of Executive Order 12866 on Regulatory Planning and Review. OSHA conducts its review pursuant to Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 610, and Section 5 of Executive Order (EO) 12866. Section 610 directs agencies to review impacts of regulations on small businesses by examining: the continued need for the rule; the nature of complaints or comments received concerning the rule from the public; the complexity of the rule; the extent to which the rule overlaps, duplicates or conflicts with other Federal rules, and, to the extent feasible, with State and local governmental rules; and the length of time since the rule has been evaluated or the degree to which technology, economic conditions, or other factors have changed in the area affected by the rule. The EO requires agencies to determine whether their regulations ``should be modified or eliminated so as to make the Agency's regulatory program more effective in achieving the regulatory objectives, less burdensome, or in greater alignment with the President's priorities and principles set forth in th[e] Executive Order.'' Written comments on these and other relevant issues are welcome.
Infectious Diseases
Document Number: 2010-10694
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-05-06
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA requests information and comment on occupational exposure to infectious agents in settings where healthcare is provided, (e.g., hospitals, outpatient clinics, clinics in schools and correctional facilities), and healthcare-related settings (e.g., laboratories that handle potentially infectious biological materials, medical examiner offices and mortuaries). OSHA is interested in strategies that are being used in such healthcare and other healthcare-related work settings to mitigate the risk of occupationally-acquired infectious diseases. As such, OSHA would like to collect information and data on the facilities and the tasks potentially exposing workers to this risk; successful employee infection control programs; control methodologies being utilized (including engineering, work practice, and administrative controls and personal protective equipment); medical surveillance programs; and training. OSHA will use the information received in response to this request to determine what action, if any, the Agency may take to further limit the spread of occupationally- acquired infectious diseases in these types of settings.
Occupational Exposure to Noise Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2010-10428
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-05
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements specified in the Occupational Exposure to Noise Standard. The information collection requirements specified in the Noise Standard protect workers from suffering material hearing impairment.
Modernization of OSHA's Injury and Illness Data Collection Process
Document Number: 2010-10163
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-05-05
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA invites interested parties to participate in informal stakeholder meetings on the modernization of OSHA's injury and illness data collection system. OSHA encourages stakeholders who cannot participate to submit written comments. OSHA needs to gather information from stakeholders in order to be able to modify its current injury and illness recordkeeping regulation and develop a modernized recordkeeping system in ways that will help OSHA, employers, employees, researchers, and the public prevent workplace injuries and illnesses as well as, supporting President Obama's Open Government Initiative, increase the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use the resulting dataset generated and held by the Federal Government. The informal discussions at the stakeholder meetings and the written comments from stakeholders will help give OSHA this information.
Notice of Availability of the Regulatory Flexibility Act Review of the Methylene Chloride Standard
Document Number: 2010-10107
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-05-05
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has completed a review of the Methylene Chloride (MC) Standard (29 CFR 1910.1052) pursuant to section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act and section 5 of Executive Order 12866 on Regulatory Planning and Review. The purpose of this review was to determine whether the MC Standard has functioned as intended, whether it could be simplified or improved to reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses, or whether it is no longer needed and should be rescinded.
Injury and Illness Prevention Program
Document Number: 2010-10138
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-05-04
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA invites interested parties to participate in informal stakeholder meetings on Injury and Illness Prevention Programs, referred to as ``I2P2.'' 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