Occupational Safety and Health Administration 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Corrections and Technical Amendments to 16 OSHA Standards
Document Number: 2011-32853
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA is correcting typographical errors in, and making non- substantive technical amendments to, 16 OSHA standards. The technical amendments include updating or revising cross-references and updating OSHA recordkeeping log numbers.
Proposed Revocation of Permanent Variances
Document Number: 2011-32369
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-19
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Between 1975 and 1977, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (``OSHA'' or ``the Agency'') granted permanent variances to 24 companies engaged in the construction of cylindrical steel tanks. The variances specified several conditions that served as an alternative means of compliance to the falling-object-protection and fall-protection requirements of the standard on general requirements for scaffolds in effect during this period. In 1996, OSHA revised Sec. 1926.451 to include provisions that duplicated the conditions specified by these variances. Therefore, OSHA believes the alternative means of compliance granted by the variances is no longer necessary, and is proposing to revoke the variances.
Procedures for the Handling of Retaliation Complaints Under Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as Amended; Correction
Document Number: 2011-32095
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-16
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is correcting an interim final rule on the procedures for the handling of retaliation complaints under Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, As Amended, published in the Federal Register of November 3, 2011 (76 FR 68084).
Permit-Required Confined Spaces; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2011-32050
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-14
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 contained in the Standard on Permit-Required Confined Spaces (29 CFR 1910.146). The purpose of the information is to ensure that employers systematically evaluate the dangers in permit spaces before entry is attempted, and to ensure that adequate measures are taken to make the spaces safe for entry.
Acrylonitrile Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2011-31779
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-12
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements specified by the Acrylonitrile Standard (29 CFR 1910.1045).
The 13 Carcinogens Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2011-31494
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-08
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements specified in the 13 Carcinogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1003).
Standard on Vinyl Chloride; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2011-31492
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-08
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements specified in the Standard on Vinyl Chloride (29 CFR 1910.1017).
Revising Standards Referenced in the Acetylene Standard
Document Number: 2011-30654
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-05
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
In this notice of proposed rulemaking, the Agency is proposing to revise its Acetylene Standard for general industry by updating a reference to a standard published by a standards developing organization (``SDO standards''). OSHA also is publishing a direct final rule in today's Federal Register taking this same action. This rulemaking is a continuation of OSHA's ongoing effort to update references to SDO standards used throughout its rules.
Revising Standards Referenced in the Acetylene Standard
Document Number: 2011-30653
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-05
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
In this direct final rule, the Agency is revising its Acetylene Standard for general industry by updating a reference to a standard published by a standards-developing organization (``SDO standards''). This rulemaking is a continuation of OSHA's ongoing effort to update references to SDO standards used throughout its rules.
Curtis-Straus LLC; Application for Renewal of Recognition; Correction
Document Number: 2011-30661
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a document in the Federal Register on October 11, 2011 (76 FR 62850), announcing the application of Curtis-Straus LLC for renewal of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), and presented the Agency's preliminary finding to deny the application. The document contained an incorrect docket number. This notice corrects the docket number.
Curtis-Straus LLC; Application for Renewal of Recognition; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2011-30660
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is extending the comment period for its notice presenting the Agency's preliminary finding on the application of Curtis Straus LLC (CSL) for renewal of its Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).
National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH)
Document Number: 2011-30565
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) will meet December 14 and 15, 2011, in Washington, DC. In conjunction with the committee meeting, NACOSH Work Groups will meet on December 14, 2011.
Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH)
Document Number: 2011-30564
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
ACCSH will meet December 15-16, 2011, in Washington, DC. In conjunction with the ACCSH meeting, ACCSH Work Groups will meet December 13-14, 2011. This notice also announces the appointment of a new ACCSH member and ACCSH chair.
Occupational Safety and Health State Plans; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2011-30478
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-28
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning its request for an extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements associated with its regulations and program regarding State Plans for the development and enforcement of state occupational safety and health standards (29 CFR Parts 1902, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956).
Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH)
Document Number: 2011-30194
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-23
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA invites interested persons to submit nominations for membership on ACCSH.
Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2011-30076
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-22
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 Standard on Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories (29 CFR 1910.1450).
Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH)
Document Number: 2011-29590
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-16
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) will meet Thursday, December 1, 2011, in Washington, DC. This Federal Register notice also announces the renewal of the FACOSH charter.
Electrical Standards for Construction and General Industry; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of the Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2011-29065
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-10
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning its request for an extension of the information collection requirements contained in the Electrical Standards for Construction (29 CFR part 1926, Subpart K) and for General Industry (29 CFR part 1910, Subpart S). The Standards address safety procedures for installation and maintenance of electric utilization equipment that prevent death and serious injuries among construction and general industry workers in the workplace caused by electrical hazards.
Procedures for the Handling of Retaliation Complaints Under Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as Amended
Document Number: 2011-28274
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-03
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is amending the regulations governing employee protection (``retaliation'' or ``whistleblower'') claims under section 806 of the Corporate and Criminal Fraud Accountability Act of 2002, Title VIII of the Sarbanes- Oxley Act of 2002 (``Sarbanes-Oxley'' or ``Act''), which was amended by sections 922 and 929A of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, enacted on July 21, 2010. Public Law 111-203. These revisions to the Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower regulations clarify and improve the procedures for handling Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower complaints and implement statutory changes enacted into law as part of the 2010 statutory amendments. These changes to the Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower regulations also make the procedures for handling retaliation complaints under Sarbanes-Oxley more consistent with OSHA's procedures for handling complaints under the employee protection provisions of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982, 29 CFR part 1978; the National Transit Systems Security Act and the Federal Railroad Safety Act, 29 CFR part 1982; the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, 29 CFR part 1983; and the Employee Protection Provisions of Six Environmental Statutes and Section 211 of the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, as amended, 29 CFR part 24.
Standard on Commercial Diving Operations; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2011-28267
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-01
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 Commercial Diving Operations Standard (29 CFR part 1910, subpart T).
Bloodborne Pathogens Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2011-28265
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-01
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 Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030). The information collection requirements specified in the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard provide employers and workers with means to provide protection from adverse health effects associated with occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
Telecommunications; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2011-27538
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-25
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the information collection requirement contained in the Standard on Telecommunications (29 CFR 1910.268). The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that workers have been trained as required by the Standard to prevent risk of death or serious injury.
Inorganic Arsenic Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2011-27181
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-20
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements specified in the Inorganic Arsenic Standard (29 CFR part 1910.1018).
Shipyard Employment Standards; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2011-26308
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-12
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 contained in the Shipyard Employment Standards (29 CFR 1915.112(a)(1), 29 CFR 1915.112(b)(1)(i), 29 CFR 1915.112(c)(1)(i), 29 CFR 1915.113(b)(1) and 29 CFR 1915.172(d)). The purpose of the collection of information (paperwork) provisions of the Standards is to reduce workers' risks of death or serious injury by ensuring that equipment has been tested and is in safe operating condition.
Hawaii State Plan; Change in Level of Federal Enforcement: Military Installations
Document Number: 2011-26263
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-10-12
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This document gives notice of OSHA's approval of a change to the state of Hawaii's occupational safety and health state plan to exclude coverage of private sector employers and employees at all military installations. The state of Hawaii, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, requested in a November 15, 2010 memorandum which was reiterated in a February 22, 2011, letter from the Governor, that jurisdiction be relinquished to federal OSHA for conducting safety and health inspections of private sector employers within the borders of all military installations in Hawaii. Accordingly, OSHA amends its regulations to reflect this change in the level of federal enforcement.
Michigan State Plan; Change in Level of Federal Enforcement: Indian Tribes
Document Number: 2011-26262
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-10-12
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This document gives notice of OSHA's approval of a change to the state of Michigan's occupational safety and health state plan to exclude coverage of establishments on Indian reservations which are owned or operated by employers who are enrolled members of Indian tribes. Under the terms of a September 28, 2004 addendum to the September 24, 1973 Operational Status Agreement between OSHA and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), jurisdiction and enforcement have been relinquished back to federal OSHA for conducting safety and health inspections and interventions within the borders of all Indian reservations for employers who are ``enrolled members of Indian reservations'', i.e., members of Indian tribes. Non-member employers within the reservations and member employers located outside the territorial borders of Indian reservations remain under MIOSHA jurisdiction. Accordingly, OSHA amends its regulations to reflect this change in the level of federal enforcement.
Curtis-Straus LLC; Application for Renewal of Recognition
Document Number: 2011-26067
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-11
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This notice announces the application of Curtis-Straus LLC for renewal of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) and presents the Agency's preliminary finding to deny this application for renewal of NRTL recognition.
Preventing Occupational Hearing Loss: Stakeholder Meeting
Document Number: 2011-25904
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-06
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA invites interested parties to participate in an informal stakeholder meeting on preventing occupational hearing loss. Every year, between 20,000 and 25,000 workers suffer from preventable hearing loss due to high workplace noise levels. The purpose of this meeting is to provide a forum and gather information on the best practices for noise reduction in the workplace, including a discussion on personal protective equipment, hearing conservation programs and engineering controls. OSHA is holding this stakeholder meeting as part of its commitment to work with stakeholders on approaches to preventing occupational hearing loss.
Vehicle-Mounted Elevating and Rotating Work Platforms (Aerial Lifts); Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2011-25665
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-05
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection requirement contained in the Standard on Vehicle-Mounted Elevating and Rotating Work Platforms (Aerial Lifts) (29 CFR 1910.67). The purpose of the requirement is to reduce workers' risk of death or serious injury by ensuring that aerial lifts are in safe operating condition.
Cotton Dust Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2011-25664
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-05
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements specified in the Cotton Dust Standard (29 CFR 1910.1043).
Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health
Document Number: 2011-25042
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-29
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA is reopening the record and extending the deadline for submitting nominations for membership on the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) until October 31, 2011.
National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH)
Document Number: 2011-24878
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-28
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health requests nominations for membership on NACOSH.
Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements-NAICS Update and Reporting Revisions
Document Number: 2011-24779
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-09-28
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA is reopening the rulemaking record to allow interested persons to comment on OSHA's proposal to update Appendix A to Subpart B of its Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting regulation and the proposed requirement to report to OSHA, within eight hours, all work- related fatalities and all work-related in-patient hospitalizations; and within 24 hours, all work-related amputations. The docket is being reopened in response to a request made by the National Automobile Dealers Association. The record will remain open for 30 days.
Methylene Chloride Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2011-23055
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-09
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements specified in the Methylene Chloride Standard (29 CFR 1910.1052).
Wyle Laboratories, Inc.; Revocation of Recognition
Document Number: 2011-22955
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-08
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This notice announces the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's decision to revoke the recognition of Wyle Laboratories, Inc. (Wyle) as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory under 29 CFR 1910.7.
Servicing Multi-Piece and Single Piece Rim Wheels; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2011-22938
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-08
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements specified in the Standard on Servicing Multi-Piece and Single Piece Rim Wheels (29 CFR 1910.177). The paperwork provisions of the Standard includes a requirement that the manufacturer or a Registered Professional Engineer certify that repaired restraining devices and barriers meet the strength requirements specified in the Standard, and a requirement that defective wheels and wheel components be marked or tagged.
Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH)
Document Number: 2011-22582
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-02
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH) was established under Section 7 of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970 to advise the Secretary of Labor, through the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, on issues relating to occupational safety and health in the maritime industries. The purpose of this Federal Register notice is to announce that the Committee and workgroups will meet on September 20- 21, 2011, in Portland, ME.
Coke Oven Emissions Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2011-21373
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-22
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements specified in the Standard on Coke Oven Emissions (29 CFR 1910.1029).
General Working Conditions in Shipyard Employment; Correction
Document Number: 2011-18601
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-07-25
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is
Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH)
Document Number: 2011-17554
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-13
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
ACCSH will meet July 28, 2011, in Washington, DC. In conjunction with the ACCSH meeting, ACCSH Work Groups will meet July 27, 2011. This Federal Register notice also announces the appointment of individuals to ACCSH.
Vertical Tandem Lifts in Marine Terminals; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2011-17417
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-12
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 contained in the Standard on Vertical Tandem Lifts (VTLs) in Marine Terminals (29 CFR part 1917). The collection of information (paperwork) provisions of the Standard specify the development and implementation of a written plan for transporting vertically coupled containers in a terminal.
Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH)
Document Number: 2011-16897
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-07
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and
Infectious Diseases
Document Number: 2011-16742
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-07-05
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA invites interested parties to participate in informal stakeholder meetings concerning occupational exposure to infectious diseases. OSHA plans to use the information gathered at these meetings to explore the possible development of a proposed rule to protect workers from occupational exposure to infectious agents in settings, either where workers provide direct patient care or where workers perform tasks other than direct patient care that also have occupational exposure. These other work tasks include: Providing patient support services (e.g., housekeeping, facility maintenance); handling, transporting, receiving or processing infectious items or wastes (e.g., transporting medical specimens, disposing of medical waste); conducting autopsies or performing mortuary services; and performing tasks in laboratories.
Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH)
Document Number: 2011-16425
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-30
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH) was established under Section 7 of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970 to advise the Secretary of Labor through the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health on issues relating to occupational safety and health in the maritime industries. The purpose of this Federal Register notice is to announce that the Committee and workgroups will meet on July 19-20, 2011 in San Diego, CA.
Onsite Consultation Agreements; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2011-15623
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-22
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements contained in the Consultation Agreement regulations (hereinafter, the Onsite Consultation Program regulations) (29 CFR part 1908). The Onsite Consultation Program regulations specify services to be provided, and practices and procedures to be followed, by the State Onsite Consultation Programs. Information collection requirements set forth in the Onsite Consultation Program regulations are in two categories: State Responsibilities and Employer Responsibilities. Eight regulatory provisions require information collection activities by the State. The Federal government provides 90 percent of the funds for Onsite Consultation services delivered by the States, which result in the collections of information. Four requirements apply to employers and specify conditions for receiving the free Onsite Consultation services.
Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements-NAICS Update and Reporting Revisions
Document Number: 2011-15277
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-22
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA is proposing to update Appendix A to Subpart B of its Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting regulation. Appendix A contains a list of industries that are partially exempt from maintaining records of occupational injuries and illnesses, generally due to their relatively low rates of occupational injury and illness. The current list of industries is based on the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. In 1997, the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) was introduced to classify establishments by industry. The proposed rule would update Appendix A by replacing it with a list of industries based on NAICS and more recent injury and illness data. The proposed rule would also require employers to report to OSHA, within eight hours, all work-related fatalities and all work-related in-patient hospitalizations; and within 24 hours, all work-related amputations. The current regulation requires an employer to report to OSHA, within eight hours, all work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees.
Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, FY 2011
Document Number: 2011-15231
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-20
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This notice announces availability of approximately $4.7 million for Susan Harwood Training Program grants under the following categories: Capacity Building Developmental, Capacity Building Pilot, Targeted Topic Training, and Training and Educational Materials Development grants.
Standards Improvement Project-Phase III
Document Number: 2011-13517
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-08
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Phase III of the Standards Improvement Project (SIP-III) is the third in a series of rulemaking actions to improve and streamline OSHA standards. The Standards Improvement Project removes or revises individual requirements within rules that are confusing, outdated, duplicative, or inconsistent. OSHA identified several requirements for SIP-III (e.g., rigging, NIOSH records, and training certifications) for improvement based on the Agency's review of its standards, suggestions and comments from the public, or recommendations from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). OSHA believes that improving these standards will help employers to better understand their obligations, promote safety and health for employees, lead to increased compliance, and reduce compliance costs. OSHA estimates that these changes will result in annualized savings for employers of over $45 million, and will reduce paperwork burden by 1.85 million hours annually.
National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH)
Document Number: 2011-13901
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-06
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) will meet June 22, 2011, in Washington, DC. In conjunction with the committee meeting, NACOSH subgroups will meet on June 21, 2011.
Forging Machines; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2011-12744
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-05-24
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 contained in the Forging Machines Standard (29 CFR 1910.218). The paperwork provisions of the Standard specify requirements for developing and maintaining inspection records and for identifying manually operated valves and switches.