Occupational Safety and Health Administration April 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.: Modification of Scope of Recognition
Document Number: 2014-09530
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-28
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
In this notice, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announces its final decision to expand the scope of recognition of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory under 29 CFR 1910.7.
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.: Application for Expansion of Recognition
Document Number: 2014-09075
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-22
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
In this notice, OSHA announces the application of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) under 29 CFR 1910.7 and presents the Agency's preliminary finding to grant the application. Additionally, OSHA proposes incorporating two new test standards into the NRTL Program's list of appropriate test standards.
NSF International: Request for Renewal of Recognition
Document Number: 2014-09074
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-22
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
In this notice, OSHA announces NSF International's (NSF) application for renewal of recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) under 29 CFR 1910.7.
Revocation of Permanent Variances Granted for Chimney Construction
Document Number: 2014-09073
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-22
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
With this notice, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (``OSHA'' or the ``Agency'') is revoking permanent variances that it granted between 1973 and 2010 to 24 companies engaged in chimney construction (hereafter, ``previous variances''). The previous variances provided the companies with an alternative means of complying with provisions of OSHA standards regulating boatswains' chairs, personnel platforms, and hoist towers.
Curtis-Straus LLC: Renewal of Recognition
Document Number: 2014-09072
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-22
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This notice announces the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's final decision granting the renewal of recognition of Curtis-Straus, LLC, as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory under 29 CFR 1910.7.
Vertical Tandem Lifts
Document Number: 2014-08725
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-04-21
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA is implementing a court-ordered remand of certain portions of the standard for vertical tandem lifts (VTLs). This final rule implements the remand by: Limiting the application of the corner- casting and interbox-connector inspection requirements to shore-to-ship VTLs; and removing the tandem lifts of platform containers from the scope of the VTL standard.
Proposed Modification of the Uniform Chimney Variance To Include Industrial Access, Inc., and Marietta Silos LLC
Document Number: 2014-08900
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-18
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA proposes to modify the uniform chimney variance granted to Kiewit Power Constructors Co. and other employers (see 78 FR 60900) by adding Industrial Access, Inc., and Marietta Silos LLC (``Industrial Access and Marietta Silos'' or ``the applicants'') to the list of employers covered by the conditions specified in that variance. OSHA invites the public to submit comments on this proposed modification.
Record Requirements in the Mechanical Power Presses Standard
Document Number: 2014-08864
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-04-18
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
On November 20, 2013, OSHA published in the Federal Register a direct final rule that revised records contained in the Mechanical Power Press Standard. OSHA stated in that document that it would withdraw the companion proposed rule and confirm the effective date of the final rule if the Agency received no significant adverse comments on the direct final rule or the proposal. Since OSHA received no such significant adverse comments on the direct final rule or the proposal, the Agency now confirms that the direct final rule became effective as a final rule on February 18, 2013.
Record Requirements in the Mechanical Power Presses Standard
Document Number: 2014-08863
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-04-18
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
With this notice, OSHA is withdrawing the proposed rule that accompanied its direct final rule revising the record requirements contained in the Mechanical Power Presses Standard.
Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Certification
Document Number: 2014-08512
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-04-15
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This notice schedules an informal public hearing on OSHA's proposed extension of the crane-operator certification deadline and the separate existing employer duty to ensure that their crane operators are competent. The Agency proposed three-year extensions for both, from November 10, 2014, to November 10, 2017.
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.; Application for Expansion of Recognition
Document Number: 2014-08306
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-14
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
In this notice, OSHA announces the application of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) under 29 CFR 1910.7 and presents the Agency's preliminary finding to grant the application. Additionally, OSHA proposes incorporating two new test standards into the NRTL Program's list of appropriate test standards.
Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment
Document Number: 2013-29579
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-04-11
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA last issued rules for the construction of transmission and distribution installations in 1972. Those provisions are now out of date and inconsistent with the more recently promulgated general industry standard covering the operation and maintenance of electric power generation, transmission, and distribution lines and equipment. OSHA is revising the construction standard to make it more consistent with the general industry standard and is making some revisions to both the construction and general industry requirements. The final rules for general industry and construction include new or revised provisions on host employers and contractors, training, job briefings, fall protection, insulation and working position of employees working on or near live parts, minimum approach distances, protection from electric arcs, deenergizing transmission and distribution lines and equipment, protective grounding, operating mechanical equipment near overhead power lines, and working in manholes and vaults. The revised standards will ensure that employers, when appropriate, must meet consistent requirements for work performed under the construction and general industry standards. The final rule also revises the general industry and construction standards for electrical protective equipment. The existing construction standard for the design of electrical protective equipment, which applies only to electric power transmission and distribution work, adopts several national consensus standards by reference. The new standard for electrical protective equipment, which matches the corresponding general industry standard, applies to all construction work and replaces the incorporation of out-of-date consensus standards with a set of performance-oriented requirements that is consistent with the latest revisions of the relevant consensus standards. The final construction rule also includes new requirements for the safe use and care of electrical protective equipment to complement the equipment design provisions. Both the general industry and construction standards for electrical protective equipment will include new requirements for equipment made of materials other than rubber. OSHA is also revising the general industry standard for foot protection. This standard applies to employers performing work on electric power generation, transmission, and distribution installations, as well as employers in other industries. The final rule removes the requirement for employees to wear protective footwear as protection against electric shock.
Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH)
Document Number: 2014-07586
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-08
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
ACCSH will meet May 8, 2014, in Washington, DC. In conjunction with the ACCSH meeting, ACCSH Workgroups will meet May 7, 2014.
Underground Construction Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2014-07630
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-07
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB's approval of the information collection requirements specified in its Standard on Underground Construction (29 CFR 1926.800).
Procedures for Handling Retaliation Complaints Under the Employee Protection Provision of the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010
Document Number: 2014-07380
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-04-03
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This document provides the interim final text of regulations governing the employee protection (or whistleblower) provisions of the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010, Section 1057 of the Dodd- Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (CFPA). This rule establishes procedures and time frames for the handling of retaliation complaints under CFPA, 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.
Standard on the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout); Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2014-07314
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-02
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 the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/ Tagout) (29 CFR 1910.147).
Ionizing Radiation Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2014-07231
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-01
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 Ionizing Radiation Standard (29 CFR 1910.1096). The information collection requirements contained in the Ionizing Radiation Standard protect workers from the adverse health effects that may result from occupational exposure to ionizing radiation, including tissue damage and cancer.