[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 45 (Friday, March 7, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 13006]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-04983]



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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Part 1910

[Docket No. OSHA-2013-0020]
RIN No. 1218-AC82


Process Safety Management and Prevention of Major Chemical 
Accidents; Extension of Comment Period

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

ACTION: Request for information; extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is 
extending the deadline for submitting comments on the Request for 
Information on Process Safety Management and Prevention of Major 
Chemical Accidents.

DATES: The comment due date for the proposed rule published in the 
Federal Register on December 9, 2013 (78 FR 73756) is extended. 
Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by March 31, 
2014.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments and additional material using any of the 
following methods:
    Electronically: Submit comments along with attachments 
electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal e-
Rulemaking Portal. Click on the ``COMMENT NOW!'' box next to the title 
``Process Safety Management and Prevention of Major Chemical 
Accidents'' and follow the instructions on-line for making electronic 
submissions.
    Fax: Commenters may fax submissions, including attachments, that 
are not longer than 10 pages to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-
1648.
    Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service: 
Submit comments to the OSHA Docket Office, U.S. Department of Labor, 
Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; 
telephone: (202) 693-2350 (OSHA's TTY number is (877) 889-5627). The 
Docket Office accepts deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, or 
courier service) during normal business hours, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., 
e.t.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and the 
docket number for this rulemaking (Docket No. OSHA-2013-0020). OSHA 
places all comments, including any personal information provided, in 
the public docket without change and this information will be available 
online at http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions 
commenters about submitting personal information such as Social 
Security numbers and birthdates. Security-related procedures may 
significantly delay receipt of submissions sent by regular mail. 
Contact the Docket Office for information about security-related 
procedures.
    Docket: To read or download comments submitted in response to this 
Federal Register notice, go to Docket No. OSHA-2013-0020 at http://www.regulations.gov or to the OSHA Docket Office at the address above. 
All comments and submissions are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index; however, some information (e.g., copyrighted 
material) is not publicly available to read or download through that 
Web site. All comments and submissions are available for inspection 
and, when permissible, copying at the OSHA Docket Office.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
    General information and press inquiries: Contact Frank Meilinger, 
Director, Office of Communications, Room N-3647, OSHA, U.S. Department 
of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: 
(202) 693-1999; email: meilinger.francis2@dol.gov.
    Technical inquiries: Contact Lisa Long, Director, Office of 
Engineering Safety, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Room N-3609, 
OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-2222 or email: 
long.lisa@dol.gov.
    Copies of this Federal Register notice: Electronic copies of this 
Federal Register notice are available at http://regulations.gov. Copies 
also are available from the OSHA Office of Publications, Room N-3101, 
U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 
20210; telephone: (202) 693-1888. This notice, as well as news releases 
and other relevant information, also are available at OSHA's Web site 
at http://www.osha.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    OSHA published a request for information (RFI) on December 09, 
2013, on Process Safety Management and Prevention of Major Chemical 
Accidents (78 FR 73756) in response to Section 6(e) of Executive Order 
13650: Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security. The RFI notice 
requested comments by March 10, 2014. Section 6(a) of the Executive 
Order requests public input on options for policy, regulation, and 
standards modernization. The comment period for Section 6(a) runs until 
March 31, 2014. OSHA received comments from several stakeholders who 
are preparing responses to the Section 6(a) docket, as well as comments 
in response to the RFI. These stakeholders noted that much of the 
subject matter in Section 6(a) is similar to the subject matter 
addressed by the RFI. Accordingly, the stakeholders requested that the 
deadline for submitting comments to the RFI correspond to the deadline 
for the Section 6(a) comment period, which is March 31, 2014, thereby 
allowing them to prepare complete and accurate comments for both 
records. Therefore, to allow commenters adequate time to prepare 
complete and accurate comments to the RFI, OSHA is, with this notice, 
extending the deadline for submitting comments in response to the RFI 
to March 31, 2014.\1\
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    \1\ Information on the executive order is available at: http://www.osha.gov/chemicalexecutiveorder/index.html.
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II. 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 notice pursuant to 29 U.S.C. 653, 655, 657, 40 
U.S.C. 333, 33 U.S.C. 941, Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-2012 (77 FR 
3912, Jan. 25, 2012), and 29 CFR part 1911.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on March 4, 2014.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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