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    Final Rule
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  • Title:
    Extension of Administrative Stay for Final Rule on Occupational Exposure to Formaldehyde


Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Part 1910

RIN 1218-AA 82

Occupational Exposure to Formaldehyde

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

ACTION: Extension of administrative stay.

SUMMARY: On December 4, 1987, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule in the Federal Register on occupational exposure to formaldehyde (29 CFR 1910.1048, 52 FR 46168). In response to numerous public comments which indicated confusion about the hazard warning provisions of the newly revised Formaldehyde Standard, on December 13, 1988, OSHA announced an administrative stay of paragraphs (m)(1)(i) through (m)(4)(ii) for a period of nine months. OSHA also announced its intention to revoke paragraphs (m)(1)(i) through (m)(4)(ii) and invite comments on replacing them with the Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) or another equally protective alternative which would be less confusing to the public (53 FR 50198).

The stay was subsequently extended (54 FR 35639, August 29, 1989; 55 FR 24070, June 13, 1990; 55 FR 32616, August 10, 1990; 55 FR 51698, December 17, 1990). OSHA is completing its re-evaluation of the need to stay these paragraphs. More time is needed to complete this evaluation. Consequently the stay is extended an additional 90 days so that OSHA may complete this process. While this stay is in effect, affected employers must continue to comply with the provisions of OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard.

EFFECTIVE DATE: The administrative stay of 29 CFR 1910.1048 (m)(1)(i) through (m)(4)(ii) will be effective until June 9, 1991.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. James Foster, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Office of Information and Consumer Affairs, U. S. Department of Labor, Room N-3647, 200 Constitution Avenue, N. W., Washington, DC 20210. Telephone (202) 523-8151.


This document was prepared under the direction of Gerard F. Scannell, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, 200 Constitution Avenue, N. W., Washington DC 20210.

This action is taken pursuant to section 4(b), 6(b) and 8(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (84 Stat. 1593, 1597, 1599; 29 U.S.C. 653, 655, 657); Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-90 (55 FR 9033) and 29 CFR part 1911. List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 1910 Formaldehyde, Occupational safety and health, Chemicals, Cancer, Health, Risk assessment. 1910.1048 (Stayed in part) Therefore, 29 CFR 1910.1048 (m)(1)(i) through (m)(4)(ii) is stayed until June 9, 1991.

Signed at Washington, DC this _______ day of March, 1991.

Gerard F. Scannell

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health