Section 18(f) of the Williams-Steiger Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (hereinafter referred
to as the Act) provides that "the Secretary shall, on the basis of reports submitted by the State agency and his own inspections make a continuing
evaluation of the manner in which each State having a plan approved . . . is carrying out such plan."
This Part 1954 applies to the provisions of section 18(f) of the Act relating to the evaluation of
approved plans for the development and enforcement of State occupational safety and health standards. The provisions of this Part 1954 set forth the
policies and procedures by which the Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health (hereinafter referred to as the Assistant Secretary) under
a delegation of authority from the Secretary of Labor (Secretary's Order 12-71, 36 FR 8754, May 12, 1971) will continually monitor and evaluate the
operation and administration of approved State plans.
Following approval of a State plan under section 18(c) of the Act, workplaces in the State are subject
to a period of concurrent Federal and State authority. The period of concurrent enforcement authority must last for at least three years. Before
ending Federal enforcement authority, the Assistant Secretary is required to make a determination as to whether the State plan, in actual operation,
is meeting the criteria in section 18(c) of the Act including the requirements in Part 1902 of this chapter and the assurances in the approval plan
itself. After an affirmative determination has been made, the provisions of sections 5(a)(2), 8 (except for the purpose of carrying out section 18(f)
of the Act), 9, 10, 13, and 17 of the Act shall not apply with respect to any occupational safety or health issues covered under the plan. The
Assistant Secretary may, however, retain jurisdiction under the above provisions in any proceeding commenced under sections 9 or 10 of the Act before
the date of the determination under section 18(e) of the Act.
During this period of concurrent Federal and State authority, the operation and administration of the
plan will be continually evaluated under section 18(f) of the Act. This evaluation will continue even after an affirmative determination has been made
under section 18(e) of the Act.