Occupational Safety and Health Administration 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Asbestos in General Industry; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2013-13488
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-07
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 Asbestos in General Industry (29 CFR 1910.1001).
Crawler, Locomotive, and Truck Cranes Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2013-13311
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-05
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 contained in the General Industry Standard on Crawler, Locomotive, and Truck cranes (29 CFR 1910.180).
Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc.: Application for Expansion of Recognition and Request To Remove a Condition of Recognition
Document Number: 2013-12810
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-30
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
In this notice, OSHA announces the application of Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc. for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory and presents the Agency's preliminary finding to grant the application and request. Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc. requests the addition of two new sites and for OSHA to remove a special condition of its recognition that involves testing hazardous-location equipment. This preliminary finding does not constitute an interim or temporary approval of the application and request.
Southwest Research Institute: Modification of Scope of Recognition
Document Number: 2013-12809
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-30
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
In this notice, OSHA is issuing a determination deleting a test standard from the scope of recognition of a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), Southwest Research Institute, based on that NRTL's voluntary request that OSHA reduce its scope of recognition.
Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Revising the Exemption for Digger Derricks
Document Number: 2013-12665
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-29
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA published a direct final rule and a companion notice of proposed rulemaking on November 9, 2012, to broaden the exemption for digger derricks in its construction standard for cranes and derricks. OSHA received a significant adverse comment on the direct final rule during the comment period, and as a result, OSHA withdrew the direct final rule on February 7, 2013. After considering this comment, OSHA is issuing this final rule based on the notice of proposed rulemaking.
National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH)
Document Number: 2013-12277
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-23
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
NACOSH will meet June 11, 2013 in Washington, DC.
Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH)
Document Number: 2013-12217
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-22
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) will meet on June 6, 2013, in Washington, DC. This Federal Register notice also announces the appointment of seven individuals to serve on FACOSH.
Preparations for the 43rd Session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE TDG) and the 25th Session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UNSCEGHS)
Document Number: 2013-12193
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-22
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice is to advise interested persons that PHMSA and OSHA will conduct a joint public meeting in preparation for United Nations meetings being held in Geneva, Switzerland, this summer. PHMSA is hosting the morning portion of the meeting to discuss proposals in preparation for the 43rd session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE TDG) to be held June 24 to 28, 2013, in Geneva. During this meeting, PHMSA is also soliciting comments relative to potential new work items which may be considered for inclusion in its international agenda. OSHA is hosting the afternoon portion of the meeting to discuss proposals in preparation for the 25th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UNSCEGHS) to be held July 1 to 3, 2013, in Geneva. OSHA, along with the U.S. Interagency GHS Coordinating Group, plans to consider the comments and information gathered at this public meeting when developing the U.S. Government positions for the UNSCEGHS meeting.
Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, FY 2013
Document Number: 2013-11674
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-16
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This notice announces availability of approximately $1.5 million for Susan Harwood Training Program grants under the following categories: Targeted Topic Training and Targeted Topic Training and Educational Materials Development.
Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH)
Document Number: 2013-09665
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-24
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
ACCSH will meet May 23-24, 2013, in Washington, DC.
Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Underground Construction and Demolition
Document Number: 2013-09153
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-23
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
On August 17, 2012, OSHA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking, as well as a companion direct final rule, that proposed applying the requirements in OSHA's 2010 cranes and derricks construction standard to underground construction work and demolition work. The notice of proposed rulemaking also proposed to correct inadvertent errors in the underground construction and demolition standards. After receiving a comment recommending that OSHA clarify the proposed regulatory text of the demolition standard, OSHA clarified the text and is issuing this final rule to apply the cranes and derricks standard to underground construction work and demolition work.
Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH)
Document Number: 2013-08654
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-12
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended (5 U.S.C., App. 2), and after consultation with the General Services Administration, the Secretary of Labor is reestablishing the charter for the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health. The Committee will better enable OSHA to perform its duties under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (the OSH Act) of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 655, 656). Authority to establish this Committee is at Sections 6(b)(1) and 7(b) of the OSH Act, Section 41 of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (33 U.S.C. 941), Secretary of Labor's Order 1-2012 (77 FR 3912, Jan. 25, 2012), and 29 CFR Part 1912. The Committee is diverse and balanced, both in terms of segments of the maritime industry represented (e.g., shipyard employment, longshoring, and marine terminal industries), and in the views and interests represented by the members.
Presence Sensing Device Initiation (PSDI) Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2013-08183
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-09
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 Presence Sensing Device Initiation (PSDI) Standard (29 CFR 1910.217(h)).
Additional Requirements for Special Dipping and Coating Operations (Dip Tanks); Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's Approval of the Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirement
Document Number: 2013-08182
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-09
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 specified in its Standard on Dipping and Coating Operations (Dip Tanks) (29 CFR 1910.126(g)(4)).
Derricks; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2013-08181
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-09
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 contained in its Standard on Derricks (29 CFR 1910.181).
TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc.; Expansion of Recognition
Document Number: 2013-06791
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-26
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This notice announces the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's final decision expanding the recognition of TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc., as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory under 29 CFR 1910.7.
Kiewit Power Constructors Co. et al.; Application for a Permanent Variance and Request for Comments
Document Number: 2013-06509
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-21
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Since 1973, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has granted permanent variances to a number of chimney- construction companies from the provisions of the OSHA standards that regulate boatswain's chairs and hoist towers, specifically paragraph (o)(3) of 29 CFR 1926.452 and paragraphs (c)(1) through (c)(4), (c)(8), (c)(13), (c)(14)(i), and (c)(16) of 29 CFR 1926.552. These variances use temporary personnel-hoisting systems to transport workers to and from worksites in a personnel cage while constructing tapered chimneys using formwork techniques and procedures. Recently, the Agency received applications from 15 employers for a variance addressing chimney and chimney-related construction that, like the previous variances, propose to use temporary personnel-hoisting systems to transport workers to and from worksites in a personnel cage. These variance applications, however, included conditions that address construction of chimneys and chimney-related structures using temporary hoisting systems and procedures in association with two different methods of construction (i.e., formwork and slip-form construction) and two different structural configurations (i.e., tapered and straight-barreled). OSHA consolidated these variance applications into a single application for publication in this Federal Register notice. OSHA invites the public to submit comments on this variance application to assist the Agency in determining whether to grant the companies a permanent variance based on the conditions specified in this application.
Revocation of Permanent Variances
Document Number: 2013-04825
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-04
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
With this notice, OSHA is revoking twenty-four (24) obsolete variances. Between 1975 and 1977, OSHA 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 governing general requirements for scaffolds in effect during this period. In 1996, OSHA revised its scaffolds standards for construction to include provisions that essentially 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 revoking the variances. Based on comments received in response to a December 19, 2011, notice proposing to revoke these variances (76 FR 78698), on August 7, 2012, OSHA published a notice in the Federal Register correcting several cross references in OSHA's scaffolds standards for construction (77 FR 46948). Today's notice revoking the variances takes into consideration these newly corrected cross references.
The Benzene Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2013-04650
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-28
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 Benzene Standard (29 CFR 1910.1028).
Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH)
Document Number: 2013-04482
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-28
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The ACCSH will hold a special meeting March 18, 2013, in Washington, DC, to consider a proposed rule to update OSHA's standard on Accident Prevention Signs and Tags in construction and proposed technical amendments and corrections to the Cranes and Derricks standards.
Procedures for the Handling of Retaliation Complaints Under Section 1558 of the Affordable Care Act
Document Number: 2013-04329
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-27
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This document provides the interim final regulations governing the employee protection (whistleblower) provision of section 1558 of the Affordable Care Act, which added section 18C of the Fair Labor Standards Act, to provide protections to employees of health insurance issuers or other employers who may have been subject to retaliation for reporting potential violations of the law's consumer protections (e.g., the prohibition on denials of insurance due to pre-existing conditions) or affordability assistance provisions (e.g., access to health insurance premium tax credits). This interim rule establishes procedures and time frames for the handling of retaliation complaints under section 18C, including procedures and time frames for employee complaints to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), investigations by OSHA, appeals of OSHA determinations to an administrative law judge (ALJ) for a hearing de novo, hearings by ALJs, review of ALJ decisions by the Administrative Review Board (ARB) (acting on behalf of the Secretary of Labor), and judicial review of the Secretary's final decision.
Safety and Health Regulations for Construction
Document Number: 2013-3755
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-15
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Walking and Working Surfaces Standard for General Industry; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of the Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2013-03229
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-13
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 contained in the Walking and Working Surfaces Standard for General Industry (29 CFR part 1910, subpart D).
Hazard Communication; Corrections and Technical Amendment
Document Number: 2013-01416
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-08
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA is correcting its regulations that were amended by the Hazard Communication Standard final rule, published in the Federal Register on March 26, 2012. The majority of the corrections are to references inadvertently missed in the original publication of the final rule. Other corrections include correcting values or notations in tables, and updating references to terms.
Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Revising the Exemption for Digger Derricks
Document Number: 2013-02777
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-07
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA published a direct final rule and a companion notice of proposed rulemaking on November 9, 2012, to broaden the exemption for digger derricks in its construction standard for cranes and derricks. OSHA received a significant adverse comment on the direct final rule and is, therefore, withdrawing the direct final rule. OSHA will issue a final rule at a later date based on the notice of proposed rulemaking.
Stakeholder Meeting on the Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory Program
Document Number: 2013-02173
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-01
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA invites interested parties to attend an informal stakeholder meeting concerning Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) Program policies. The meeting will focus on the following topics: NRTL independence; the NRTL initial application process and timeline; the NRTL renewal process; and, at OSHA's discretion and as time permits, other topics raised by participants or OSHA staff. OSHA plans to use the information gathered at this meeting to explore development of new or revised policies, procedures, or guidelines for the NRTL Program.
The Standard on 4,4′-Methylenedianiline for General Industry; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2013-01968
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-30
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 4,4'- Methylenedianiline for General Industry (29 CFR 1910.1050).
Personal Protective Equipment for General Industry; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2013-01860
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-30
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 contained in the Personal Protective Equipment Standard for General Industry (29 CFR part 1910, subpart I).
Electrical Protective Equipment Standard and the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2013-01275
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-23
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning its request for an extension of the information collection requirements specified in its standards on Electrical Protective Equipment (29 CFR 1910.137) and Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution (29 CFR 1910.269).
Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories (Non-Mandatory Appendix); Technical Amendment
Document Number: 2013-00788
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-01-22
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This document updates a non-mandatory appendix in OSHA's Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories Standard. The non-mandatory appendix is being updated to include the contents of the latest National Academy of Sciences publication entitled, ``Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Management of Chemical Hazards,'' 2011 edition. All revisions being made are minor and non- substantive.
Revision of Approved Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Approval; Regulations Containing Procedures for Handling of Retaliation Complaints
Document Number: 2013-00866
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-17
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to revise the information collection requirements currently approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for handling of retaliation complaints filed with OSHA under various whistleblower protection statutes and the procedural regulations described in this notice. These regulations contain procedures employees must use to file a complaint with OSHA alleging that their employer violated a whistleblower protection provision contained in certain statutes that generally prohibit retaliatory action by employers against employees who engage in activities protected by the statutes. The revised information collection requirements include a new form providing additional methods for employees to submit retaliation complaints to OSHA, including electronic submission.