[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 222 (Friday, November 16, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 68684-68685]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-27792]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Parts 1910, 1915, 1917, 1918, and 1926

[Docket No. OSHA-2011-0184]
RIN 1218-AC65


Updating OSHA Standards Based on National Consensus Standards; 
Head Protection

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

ACTION: Final rule; confirmation of effective date.

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SUMMARY: OSHA is confirming the effective date of its direct final rule 
that revises the Head Protection standards for general industry, 
shipyard employment, marine terminals, longshoring, and construction by 
updating the reference to a standard published by a standards-
developing organization, the American National Standards Institute. In 
the June 22, 2012, direct final rule, OSHA stated that it would 
withdraw the companion proposed rule and confirm the effective date of 
the direct final rule if the Agency received no significant adverse 
comments. OSHA did not receive significant adverse comments on the 
direct final rule. Therefore, OSHA is confirming that the direct final 
rule became effective on September 20, 2012.

DATES: The direct final rule published on June 22, 2012 (77 FR 37587), 
was effective on September 20, 2012. For the purposes of judicial 
review, OSHA considers November 16, 2012, as the date of issuance.

ADDRESSES: In compliance with 28 U.S.C. 2112(a), OSHA designates the 
Associate Solicitor of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health as the 
recipient of petitions for review of the final standard. Contact Joseph 
M. Woodward, Associate Solicitor, at the Office of the Solicitor, Room 
S-4004, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-5445.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: General information and press 
inquiries: Frank Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office of Communications, 
Room N-3647, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-1999.
    Technical information: Ken Stevanus, Directorate of Standards and 
Guidance, Room N-3609, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-2260; fax: (202) 
693-1663.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Copies of this Federal Register notice: Electronic copies of this 
Federal Register notice are available at http://www.regulations.gov. 
This Federal Register notice, as well as news releases and other 
relevant information, also is available at OSHA's Web page at http://www.osha.gov.
    Confirmation of the effective date: On June 22, 2012, OSHA 
published a direct final rule (DFR) in the Federal Register that 
revised its Head Protection standards for general industry at 29 CFR 
1910.135, shipyard employment at 29 CFR 1915.155, marine terminals at 
29 CFR 1917.93, longshoring at 29 CFR 1918.103, and construction at 29 
CFR 1926.100 by updating a reference to the American National Standards 
Institute (ANSI) head protection standard (see 77 FR 37587). In the 
DFR, OSHA deleted a reference to ANSI Z89.1-1986, and replaced it with 
a reference to ANSI Z89.1-2009. In addition, in the DFR, OSHA deleted 
references to ANSI Z89.1-1969 and ANSI Z89.2-1971 in its construction 
standard at 29 CFR 1926.100, and replaced them with the same three 
references specified in the

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general industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals, and 
longshoring head-protection standards.
    In that Federal Register document, OSHA also stated that it would 
confirm the effective date of the DFR if the Agency received no 
significant adverse comments. OSHA received two comments on the DFR, 
neither of which were significant adverse comments (see Document IDs 
OSHA-2011-0184-0003 and -0004). To the contrary, both comments 
supported the DFR.

List of Subjects in 29 CFR Parts 1910, 1915, 1917, 1918, and 1926

    Head protection, Incorporation by reference, Occupational safety 
and health, Safety.

Authority and Signature

    David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for 
Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210, authorized the 
preparation of this final rule. OSHA is issuing this final rule 
pursuant to 29 U.S.C. 653, 655, and 657, 5 U.S.C. 553, Secretary of 
Labor's Order 1-2012 (77 FR 3912), and 29 CFR part 1911.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on November 8, 2012.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2012-27792 Filed 11-15-12; 8:45 am]
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