[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 64 (Tuesday, April 3, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 19933-19934]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-7715]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Part 1910


Bloodborne Pathogens Standard; Corrections and Technical 
Amendment

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

ACTION: Final rule; corrections and technical amendment.

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SUMMARY: OSHA is making a technical amendment to its Bloodborne 
Pathogens Standard by moving the rule's paragraph on sharps injury log 
requirements from paragraph (i), entitled ``Dates,'' to paragraph (h), 
entitled ``Recordkeeping.''

DATES: The effective date for the corrections and technical amendment 
to the standard is April 3, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
    Press inquiries: Frank Meilinger, Director, Office of 
Communications, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3647, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-
1999.
    General and technical information: Andrew Levinson, Director, OSHA 
Office of Biological Hazards, OSHA, Room N-3718, U.S. Department of 
Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: 
(202) 693-1950.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    On January 18, 2001, OSHA revised the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 
(29 CFR 1910.1030) to include requirements of the Needlestick Safety 
and Prevention Act, November 6, 2000 (Pub. L. 106-430). These revisions 
included adding a fifth subparagraph, entitled ``Sharps injury log,'' 
to paragraph (h) of Sec.  1910.1030 (66 FR 5325). However, in the July 
1, 2001, publication of the CFR, subparagraph (5) was under paragraph 
(i) (``Dates''). These corrections and technical amendment relocate 
subparagraph (5) under paragraph (h) (``Recordkeeping'').

List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 1910

    Hazardous substances, Occupational safety and health, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements.

III. Authority and Signature

    David Michaels, MPH, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary of Labor for 
Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210,

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authorized the preparation of this document. Accordingly, pursuant to 
Section 6 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 
655), Section 4 of the Administrative Procedures Act (5 U.S.C. 553), 
Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-2012 (77 FR 3912), and 29 CFR 1911.5.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on March 27, 2012.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

    Accordingly, revise 29 CFR part 1910 by making the following 
correcting amendments:

PART 1910--OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS

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1. The authority citation for part 1910. 1030 Subpart Z is revised to 
read as follows:

    Authority:  29 U.S.C. 653, 655, and 657; Secretary of Labor's 
Order No. 12-71 (36 FR 8754), 8-76 (41 FR 25059), 9-83 (48 FR 
35736), 1-90 (55 FR 9033), 6-96 (62 FR 111), 3-2000 (65 FR 50017), 
5-2002 (67 FR 65008), 5-2007 (72 FR 31160), 4-2010 (75 FR 55355), or 
1-2012 (77 FR 3912), as applicable, and 29 CFR 1911.

    All of subpart Z issued under section 6(b) of the Occupational 
Safety and Health Act, except those substances that have exposure 
limits listed in Tables Z-1, Z-2, and Z-3 of 29 CFR 1910.1000. The 
latter were issued under section 6(a) (29 U.S.C. 655(a)).
    Section 1910.1000, Tables Z-1, Z-2, and Z-3 also issued under 5 
U.S.C. 553, Section 1910.1000 Tables Z-1, Z-2, and Z-3, but not 
under 29 CFR 1911, except for the arsenic (organic compounds), 
benzene, cotton dust, and chromium (VI) listings.
    Section 1910.1001 also issued under 40 U.S.C. 3704 and 5 U.S.C. 
553.
    Section 1910.1002 also issued under 5 U.S.C. 553, but not under 
29 U.S.C. 655 or 29 CFR 1911.
    Sections 1910.1018, 1910.1029, and 1910.1200 also issued under 
29 U.S.C. 653.
    Section 1910.1030 also issued under Pub. L. 106-430, 114 Stat. 
1901.
    Section 1910.1201 also issued under 49 U.S.C. 1801-1819 and 5 
U.S.C. 533.


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2. In Sec.  1910.1030, add paragraph (h)(5) and revise paragraph (i) to 
read as follows:


Sec.  1910.1030  Bloodborne pathogens.

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    (h) * * *
    (5) Sharps injury log. (i) The employer shall establish and 
maintain a sharps injury log for the recording of percutaneous injuries 
from contaminated sharps. The information in the sharps injury log 
shall be recorded and maintained in such manner as to protect the 
confidentiality of the injured employee. The sharps injury log shall 
contain, at a minimum:
    (A) The type and brand of device involved in the incident,
    (B) The department or work area where the exposure incident 
occurred, and
    (C) An explanation of how the incident occurred.
    (ii) The requirement to establish and maintain a sharps injury log 
shall apply to any employer who is required to maintain a log of 
occupational injuries and illnesses under 29 CFR part 1904.
    (iii) The sharps injury log shall be maintained for the period 
required by 29 CFR 1904.33.
    (i) Dates--(1) Effective Date. The standard shall become effective 
on March 6, 1992.
    (2) The Exposure Control Plan required by paragraph (c) of this 
section shall be completed on or before May 5, 1992.
    (3) Paragraphs (g)(2) Information and Training and (h) 
Recordkeeping of this section shall take effect on or before June 4, 
1992.
    (4) Paragraphs (d)(2) Engineering and Work Practice Controls, 
(d)(3) Personal Protective Equipment, (d)(4) Housekeeping, (e) HIV and 
HBV Research Laboratories and Production Facilities, (f) Hepatitis B 
Vaccination and Post-Exposure Evaluation and Follow-up, and (g)(1) 
Labels and Signs of this section, shall take effect July 6, 1992.
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