[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 46 (Thursday, March 8, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-5589]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
29 CFR Part 1910
[Docket No. OSHA-2011-0183]
Revising Standards Referenced in the Acetylene Standard
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),
Department of Labor.
ACTION: Final rule; confirmation of effective date.
SUMMARY: OSHA is confirming the effective date of its direct final rule
that revises the Acetylene Standard for general industry by updating
the reference to a standard published by a standards-developing
organization, the Compressed Gas Association. In the December 5, 2011,
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 will become
effective on March 5, 2012.
DATES: The direct final rule published on December 5, 2011 (76 FR
75782), is effective on March 5, 2012. For the purposes of judicial
review, OSHA considers March 5, 2012, as the date of issuance.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: General information and press
inquiries: Contact 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: Contact 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.
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.
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.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 5, 2011, OSHA published a direct
final rule (DFR) in the Federal Register that revised the Acetylene
Standard for general industry by updating a reference to the Compressed
Gas Association (GGA) acetylene standard (see 76 FR 75782). In the DFR,
OSHA deleted reference to CGA G-1-2003 and replaced it with CGA G-1-
2009. 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 one comment on the DFR, which it determined was not a
significant adverse comment. The commenter observed differences between
provisions of the most recent Compressed Gas Association acetylene
standard (CGA G-1-2009) and provisions of OSHA's oxygen-fuel gas
welding and cutting standard at 29 CFR 1910.253. After describing the
differences, the commenter stated that "the rulemaking process should
include an assessment of how other existing OSHA Rules may be affected
by the new or amended rule." However, the commenter did not object to
the revised provisions adopted by the CGA G-1-2009 standard that are
the subject of this rulemaking. Therefore, the Agency determined that
this comment was neither significant nor adverse.
List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 1910
Acetylene, General industry, Occupational safety and health,
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 Sections 4, 6, and 8 of the Occupational Safety and Health
Act of 1970 (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 March 2, 2012.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2012-5589 Filed 3-7-12; 8:45 am]
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