[The Regulatory Plan and Unified Agenda of
                Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions]
[Department of Labor Semiannual Regulatory Agenda]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]


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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Office of the Secretary

20 CFR Chs. I, IV, V, VI, VII, and IX

29 CFR Subtitle A and Chs. II, IV, V, XVII, and XXV

30 CFR Ch. I

41 CFR Ch. 60

48 CFR Ch. 29

Semiannual Agenda of Regulations

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Labor.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: The Internet has become the means for disseminating the 
entirety of the Department of Labor's semiannual regulatory agenda. 
However, the Regulatory Flexibility Act requires publication of a 
regulatory flexibility agenda in the Federal Register. This Federal 
Register Notice contains the regulatory flexibility agenda. In 
addition, the Department's Regulatory Plan, a subset of the 
Department's regulatory agenda, is being published in the Federal 
Register. The Regulatory Plan contains a statement of the Department's 
regulatory priorities and the regulatory actions the Department wants 
to highlight as its most important and significant.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Franks, Director, Office of 
Regulatory Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. 
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room S-2312, 
Washington, DC 20210; (202) 693-5959.

Note: Information pertaining to a specific regulation can be obtained 
from the agency contact listed for that particular regulation.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Executive Order 12866 requires the 
semiannual publication of an agenda of regulations that contains a 
listing of all the regulations the Department of Labor expects to have 
under active consideration for promulgation, proposal, or review during 
the coming one-year period. The entirety of the Department's semiannual 
agenda is available online at www.reginfo.gov.

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602) requires DOL to 
publish in the Federal Register a regulatory flexibility agenda. 
The Department's Regulatory Flexibility Agenda published with this 
notice, includes only those rules on its semiannual agenda that are 
likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities; and those rules identified for periodic 
review in keeping with the requirements of section 610 of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act. Thus, the regulatory flexibility agenda 
is a subset of the Department's semiannual regulatory agenda. At 
this time, there is only one item, listed below, on the 
Department's Regulatory Flexibility Agenda.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

     Bloodborne Pathogens (RIN 1218-AC34)

    In addition, the Department's Regulatory Plan, also a subset of 
the Department's regulatory agenda, is being published in the 
Federal Register. The Regulatory Plan contains a statement of the 
Department's regulatory priorities and the regulatory actions the 
Department wants to highlight as its most important and 
significant.

    All interested members of the public are invited and encouraged 
to let departmental officials know how our regulatory efforts can 
be improved, and are invited to participate in and comment on the 
review or development of the regulations listed on the Department's 
agenda.

 Hilda L. Solis,

Secretary of Labor.

                            Office of Labor-Management Standards--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
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395         Persuader Agreements: Employer and Labor Relations Consultant Reporting Under the         1245-AA03
            LMRDA (Reg Plan Seq No. 95)...........................................................
396         Persuader Agreements: Consultant Form LM-21 Receipts and Disbursements Report.........    1245-AA05
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References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.


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                                                                                                     Regulation
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397         Notification of Employee Rights Under Federal Labor Laws..............................    1245-AA00
398         Form T-1: Reports by Labor Organizations on Related Organizations; Reporting by Public    1245-AA02
            Sector Intermediate Unions............................................................
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                          Employee Benefits Security Administration--Completed Actions
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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399         Improved Fee Disclosure for Pension Plan Participants.................................    1210-AB07
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                          Occupational Safety and Health Administration--Prerule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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400         Occupational Exposure to Beryllium....................................................    1218-AB76
401         Occupational Exposure to Food Flavorings Containing Diacetyl and Diacetyl Substitutes.    1218-AC33
402         Bloodborne Pathogens (Section 610 Review).............................................    1218-AC34
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                       Occupational Safety and Health Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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403         Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica (Reg Plan Seq No. 110)....................    1218-AB70
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References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.


                         Occupational Safety and Health Administration--Final Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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404         Confined Spaces in Construction.......................................................    1218-AB47
405         Electric Power Transmission and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment.........    1218-AB67
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                        Occupational Safety and Health Administration--Completed Actions
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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406         Cranes and Derricks in Construction...................................................    1218-AC01
407         Methylene Chloride (Completion of a Section 610 Review)...............................    1218-AC23
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Department of Labor (DOL)                           Proposed Rule Stage
Office of Labor--Management Standards (OLMS)
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395. PERSUADER AGREEMENTS: EMPLOYER AND LABOR RELATIONS CONSULTANT 
REPORTING UNDER THE LMRDA

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 95 in part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 1245-AA03
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396.  PERSUADER AGREEMENTS: CONSULTANT FORM LM-21 
RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS REPORT

Legal Authority: 29 USC 433 and 438

Abstract: The Department intends to publish a notice and comment 
rulemaking seeking consideration of the Form LM-21, Receipts and 
Disbursements Report, which is required pursuant to section 203(b) of 
the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA). The 
rulemaking will propose mandatory electronic filing for Form LM-21 
filers, and it will review the layout of the Form LM-21 and its 
instructions, including the detail required to be reported.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            07/00/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Andrew R. Davis, Chief, Division of Interpretations and 
Standards, Office of Labor-Management Standards, Department of Labor, 
Office of Labor-Management Standards, Room N-5609, FP Building, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-1254
Fax: 202 693-1340
Email: davis.andrew@dol.gov

RIN: 1245-AA05

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Department of Labor (DOL)                             Completed Actions
Office of Labor--Management Standards (OLMS)
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397. NOTIFICATION OF EMPLOYEE RIGHTS UNDER FEDERAL LABOR LAWS

Legal Authority: EO 13496

Abstract: Pursuant to Executive Order 13496 of January 30, 2009, the 
Department of Labor proposes to prescribe the size, form, and content 
of the notice to be posted by a contractor under paragraph 1 of the 
contract clause described in section 2 of the order. Such notice shall 
describe the rights of employees under Federal labor laws, consistent 
with the policy set forth in section 1 of the order.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            08/03/09                    74 FR 38488
NPRM Comment Period End         09/02/09
Final Action                    05/20/10                    75 FR 28368
Final Action Effective          06/21/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Andrew R. Davis, Chief, Division of Interpretations and 
Standards, Office of Labor-Management Standards, Department of Labor, 
Office of Labor-Management Standards, Room N-5609, FP Building, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-1254
Fax: 202 693-1340
Email: davis.andrew@dol.gov

RIN: 1245-AA00
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398. FORM T-1: REPORTS BY LABOR ORGANIZATIONS ON RELATED ORGANIZATIONS; 
REPORTING BY PUBLIC SECTOR INTERMEDIATE UNIONS

Legal Authority: 29 USC 438

Abstract: On October 2, 2008, the Department published a final rule 
establishing a Form T-1, Trust Annual Report, which certain labor 
organizations must file to disclose financial information regarding 
trusts in which they are interested pursuant to the Labor-Management 
Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA). This rulemaking would propose to 
rescind the Form T-1. It would instead propose that filers of Form LM-
2, Labor Organization Annual Report, report on their wholly owned, 
wholly controlled and wholly financed organizations (``subsidiary 
organizations'') on their Form LM-2 report. Additionally, the 
rulemaking would propose to change an interpretation of the LMRDA 
regarding intermediate bodies. The proposed revised interpretation 
would state that intermediate bodies are covered only if they are 
themselves composed, in whole or part, of private sector affiliates.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            02/02/10                     75 FR 5456
NPRM Comment Period End         04/05/10
Final Action                    12/01/10                    75 FR 74936
Final Action Effective          01/03/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Andrew R. Davis, Chief, Division of Interpretations and 
Standards, Office of Labor-Management Standards, Department of Labor, 
Office of Labor-Management Standards, Room N-5609, FP Building, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-1254
Fax: 202 693-1340
Email: davis.andrew@dol.gov

RIN: 1245-AA02
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Department of Labor (DOL)                             Completed Actions
Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)
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399. IMPROVED FEE DISCLOSURE FOR PENSION PLAN PARTICIPANTS

Legal Authority: 29 USC 1104; 29 USC 1135

Abstract: This rulemaking will ensure that the participants and 
beneficiaries in participant-directed individual account plans are 
provided the information they need, including information about fees 
and expenses, to make informed investment decisions. The rulemaking may 
include amendments to the regulation governing ERISA section 404(c) 
plans (29 CFR 2550.404c-1). The rulemaking is needed to clarify and 
improve the information currently required to be furnished to 
participants and beneficiaries.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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Request for Information         04/25/07                    72 FR 20457
Comment Period End              07/24/07
NPRM                            07/23/08                    73 FR 43014
NPRM Comment Period End         09/08/08
Final Action                    10/20/10                    75 FR 64910

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Michael Del Conte, Pension Law Specialist, Department 
of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration, 200 Constitution 
Avenue NW., Room N-5655, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-8500
Fax: 202 219-7291

RIN: 1210-AB07
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Department of Labor (DOL)                                 Prerule Stage
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
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400. OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE TO BERYLLIUM

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b); 29 USC 657

Abstract: In 1999 and 2001, OSHA was petitioned to issue an emergency 
temporary standard by the United Steel Workers (formerly the Paper 
Allied-Industrial, Chemical, and Energy Workers Union), Public Citizen 
Health Research Group, and others. The Agency denied the petitions but 
stated its intent to begin data gathering to collect needed information 
on beryllium's toxicity, risks, and patterns of usage.
On November 26, 2002, OSHA published a Request for Information

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(RFI) (67 FR 70707) to solicit information pertinent to occupational 
exposure to beryllium including: current exposures to beryllium; the 
relationship between exposure to beryllium and the development of 
adverse health effects; exposure assessment and monitoring methods; 
exposure control methods; and medical surveillance. In addition, the 
Agency conducted field surveys of selected work sites to assess current 
exposures and control methods being used to reduce employee exposures 
to beryllium. OSHA convened a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel 
under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) 
and completed the SBREFA Report in January 2008. OSHA is currently 
conducting a scientific peer review of its draft risk assessment, which 
is scheduled to be completed in November 2010. Additionally, an 
economic peer review is scheduled to be completed in May 2011.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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Request for Information         11/26/02                    67 FR 70707
SBREFA Report Completed         01/23/08
Initiated Peer Review of Health 
Effects and Risk Assessment     03/22/10
Complete Peer Review            11/19/10
Complete Economic Peer Review   05/00/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Dorothy Dougherty, Director, Directorate of Standards 
and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3718, 
Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-1950
Fax: 202 693-1678
Email: dougherty.dorothy@dol.gov

RIN: 1218-AB76
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401. OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE TO FOOD FLAVORINGS CONTAINING DIACETYL AND 
DIACETYL SUBSTITUTES

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b); 29 USC 657

Abstract: On July 26, 2006, the United Food and Commercial Workers 
International Union (UFCW) and the International Brotherhood of 
Teamsters (IBT) petitioned DOL for an Emergency Temporary Standard 
(ETS) for all employees exposed to diacetyl, a major component in 
artificial butter flavoring. Diacetyl and a number of other volatile 
organic compounds are used to manufacture artificial butter food 
flavorings. These food flavorings are used by various food 
manufacturers in a multitude of food products including microwave 
popcorn, certain bakery goods, and some snack foods. OSHA denied the 
petition on September 25, 2007, but has initiated 6(b) rulemaking.
Evidence from NIOSH and other sources indicated that employee exposure 
to diacetyl and food flavorings containing diacetyl is associated with 
bronchiolitis obliterans, a debilitating and potentially fatal disease 
of the small airways in the lung. Severe obstructive airway disease has 
been observed in the microwave popcorn industry and in food flavoring 
manufacturing plants. Experimental evidence has shown that inhalation 
exposure to artificial butter flavoring vapors and diacetyl damaged 
tissue lining the nose and airways of rats and mice. OSHA published an 
Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on January 21, 2009, but 
withdrew the ANPRM on March 17, 2009, in order to facilitate timely 
development of a standard. The Agency subsequently initiated review of 
the draft proposed standard in accordance with the Small Business 
Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA). The SBREFA Panel Report 
was completed on July 2, 2009.
The occurrence of severe lung disease among workers in workplaces where 
diacetyl is manufactured and used has led some manufacturers to reduce 
or eliminate the amount of diacetyl in some kinds of flavorings, foods, 
and beverages. They have begun to use substitutes such as 2,3-
pentanedione. These substitutes, some of which are structurally similar 
to diacetyl, have not been well-studied and there is growing concern 
that they also pose health risks for workers. Research on 2,3-
pentanedione conducted by NIOSH and NIEHS suggests that, in rats, 2,3-
pentanedione causes airway damage similar to that produced by diacetyl.
NIOSH is currently developing a criteria document on occupational 
exposure to diacetyl. The criteria document will also address exposure 
to 2,3-pentanedione. It will include an assessment of the effects of 
exposure as well as quantitative risk assessment. OSHA intends to rely 
on these portions of the criteria document for the health effects 
analysis and quantitative risk assessment for the Agency's diacetyl 
rulemaking. NIOSH will initiate public peer review of the criteria 
document in April, 2011.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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Stakeholder Meeting             10/17/07                    72 FR 54619
ANPRM                           01/21/09                     74 FR 3937
ANPRM Withdrawn                 03/17/09                    74 FR 11329
ANPRM Comment Period End        04/21/09
Completed SBREFA Report         07/02/09
Initiate Peer Review of Health 
Effects and Risk Assessment     04/00/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Dorothy Dougherty, Director, Directorate of Standards 
and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3718, 
Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-1950
Fax: 202 693-1678
Email: dougherty.dorothy@dol.gov

RIN: 1218-AC33
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402. BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS (SECTION 610 REVIEW)

Legal Authority: 5 USC 533; 5 USC 610; 29 USC 655(b)

Abstract: OSHA will undertake a review of the Bloodborne Pathogen 
Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) in accordance with the requirements of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act and section 5 of Executive Order 12866. The 
review will consider the continued need for the rule; whether the rule 
overlaps, duplicates, or conflicts with other Federal, State or local 
regulations; and the degree to which technology, economic conditions, 
or other factors may have changed since the rule was evaluated.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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Begin Review                    10/22/09

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Request for Comments Published  05/14/10                    75 FR 27237
Comment Period End              08/12/10
Analyze Comments                05/00/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Agency Contact: John Smith, Directorate of Evaluation and Analysis, 
Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3641, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-2400
Fax: 202 693-1641
Email: smith.john@dol.gov

RIN: 1218-AC34
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Department of Labor (DOL)                           Proposed Rule Stage
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
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403. OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE TO CRYSTALLINE SILICA

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 110 in part II of this issue 
of the Federal Register.

RIN: 1218-AB70
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Department of Labor (DOL)                              Final Rule Stage
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
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404. CONFINED SPACES IN CONSTRUCTION

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b); 40 USC 333

Abstract: In January 1993, OSHA issued a general industry rule to 
protect employees who enter confined spaces (29 CFR 1910.146). This 
standard does not apply to the construction industry because of 
differences in the nature of the worksite in the construction industry. 
In discussions with the United Steel Workers of America on a settlement 
agreement for the general industry standard, OSHA agreed to issue a 
proposed rule to extend confined-space protection to construction 
workers appropriate to their work environment.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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SBREFA Panel Report             11/24/03
NPRM                            11/28/07                    72 FR 67351
NPRM Comment Period End         01/28/08
NPRM Comment Period Extended    02/28/08                     73 FR 3893
Public Hearing                  07/22/08
Close Record                    10/23/08
Final Action                    11/00/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Ben Bare, Acting Director, Directorate of Construction, 
Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3468, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-2020
Fax: 202 693-1689

RIN: 1218-AB47
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405. ELECTRIC POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION; ELECTRICAL PROTECTIVE 
EQUIPMENT

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b); 40 USC 333

Abstract: Electrical hazards are a major cause of occupational death in 
the United States. The annual fatality rate for power line workers is 
about 50 deaths per 100,000 employees. The construction industry 
standard addressing the safety of these workers during the construction 
of electric power transmission and distribution lines is over 35 years 
old. OSHA has developed a revision of this standard that will prevent 
many of these fatalities, add flexibility to the standard, and update 
and streamline the standard. OSHA also intends to amend the 
corresponding standard for general industry so that requirements for 
work performed during the maintenance of electric power transmission 
and distribution installations are the same as those for similar work 
in construction. In addition, OSHA will be revising a few miscellaneous 
general industry requirements primarily affecting electric transmission 
and distribution work, including provisions on electrical protective 
equipment and foot protection. This rulemaking also addresses fall 
protection in aerial lifts for work on power generation, transmission, 
and distribution installations. OSHA published an NPRM on June 15, 
2005. A public hearing was held from March 6 through March 14 in 2006. 
OSHA reopened the record to gather additional information on minimum 
approach distances for specific ranges of voltages. The record was 
reopened a second time to allow more time for comment and to gather 
information on minimum approach distances for all voltages and on the 
newly revised Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 
consensus standard. Additionally, a public hearing was held on October 
28, 2009. The posthearing comment period ended in February 2010. OSHA 
anticipates publishing a final rule in May 2011.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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SBREFA Report                   06/30/03
NPRM                            06/15/05                    70 FR 34821
NPRM Comment Period End         10/13/05
Comment Period Extended to 01/
11/2006                         10/12/05                    70 FR 59290
Public Hearing To Be Held 03/06/
2006                            10/12/05                    70 FR 59290
Posthearing Comment Period End  07/14/06
Reopen Record                   10/22/08                    73 FR 62942
Comment Period End              11/21/08

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Close Record                    11/21/08
Second Reopening Record         09/14/09                    74 FR 46958
Comment Period End              10/15/09
Public Hearings                 10/28/09
Posthearing Comment Period End  02/10/10
Final Rule                      05/00/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Dorothy Dougherty, Director, Directorate of Standards 
and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3718, 
Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-1950
Fax: 202 693-1678
Email: dougherty.dorothy@dol.gov

RIN: 1218-AB67
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Department of Labor (DOL)                             Completed Actions
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
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406. CRANES AND DERRICKS IN CONSTRUCTION

Legal Authority: 29 USC 651(b); 29 USC 655(b); 40 USC 333

Abstract: A number of industry stakeholders asked OSHA to update the 
cranes and derricks portion of subpart N (29 CFR 1926.550), 
specifically requesting that negotiated rulemaking be used.
In 2002, OSHA published a notice of intent to establish a negotiated 
rulemaking committee. A year later, in 2003, committee members were 
announced and the Cranes and Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking Committee 
was established and held its first meeting. In July 2004, the committee 
reached consensus on all issues resulting in a final consensus 
document.
A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was published on October 9, 
2008. The comment period for the NPRM was extended and closed January 
22, 2009. A public hearing was held on March 20, 2009. The final rule 
was posted and made public on July 28, 2010, and published in the 
Federal Register on August 9, 2010.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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Notice of Intent To Establish 
Negotiated Rulemaking           07/16/02                    67 FR 46612
Comment Period End              09/16/02
Request for Comments on Proposed 
Committee Members               02/27/03                     68 FR 9036
Request for Comments Period End 03/31/03                     68 FR 9036
Established Negotiated 
Rulemaking Committee            06/12/03                    68 FR 35172
Rulemaking Negotiations 
Completed                       07/30/04
SBREFA Report                   10/17/06
NPRM                            10/09/08                    73 FR 59714
NPRM Comment Period Extended    12/02/08                    73 FR 73197
NPRM Comment Period End         01/22/09
Public Hearing                  03/20/09
Close Record                    06/18/09
Final Rule                      08/09/10                    75 FR 47906

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Ben Bare, Acting Director, Directorate of Construction, 
Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3468, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-2020
Fax: 202 693-1689

RIN: 1218-AC01
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407. METHYLENE CHLORIDE (COMPLETION OF A SECTION 610 REVIEW)

Legal Authority: 5 USC 553; 5 USC 610; 29 USC 655(b)

Abstract: OSHA undertook a review of the Methylene Chloride Standard 
(29 CFR 1910.1052) in accordance with the requirements of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act and section 5 of Executive Order 12866. The 
review considered the continued need for the rule; whether the rule 
overlaps, duplicates, or conflicts with other Federal, State, or local 
regulations; and the degree to which technology, economic conditions, 
or other factors may have changed since the rule was evaluated.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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Begin Review                    12/01/06
Request for Comments            07/10/07                    72 FR 37501
Comment Period End              10/09/07
Reopen Comment Period           01/08/08                     73 FR 1299
Comment Period End              03/10/08
End Review                      05/05/10                    75 FR 24509

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Agency Contact: John Smith, Directorate of Evaluation and Analysis, 
Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3641, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-2400
Fax: 202 693-1641
Email: smith.john@dol.gov

RIN: 1218-AC23
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