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    Chemical Management and Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs)
[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 57 (Wednesday, March 25, 2015)][Proposed Rules][Page 15702]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-06516]



Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Parts 1910, 1915, 1917, 1918, and 1926

[Docket No. OSHA-2012-0023]
RIN 1218-AC74

Chemical Management and Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs)

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

ACTION: Extension of comment period.


SUMMARY: OSHA is extending the comment period on the Request for 
Information on Chemical Management and Permissible Exposure Limits 
(PELs) to October 9, 2015.

DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent or received) by 
October 9, 2015.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. OSHA-2012-
0023, by any one of the following methods:
    Electronically: You may submit comments and written testimony 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 "Chemical Management and Permissible Exposure Limits 
(PELs); Extension of Comment Period," and follow the instructions on-
line for making electronic submissions.
    Fax: If your comments, including attachments, do not exceed 10 
pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648.
    Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger or courier service: 
You must submit three copies of your comments and attachments to the 
OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2009-0044, 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). 
Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger and courier service) are 
accepted during the Department of Labor's and Docket Office's normal 
business hours, 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m., e.t.
    Instructions: All submission must include the docket number (Docket 
No. OSHA-2012-0023) or RIN number (RIN 1218-AC74) for this rulemaking. 
Because of security-related procedures, submission by regular mail may 
result in significant delay. Please contact the OSHA Docket Office 
about security procedures for hand delivery, express delivery, 
messenger or courier.
    All comments, including any personal information you provide, are 
placed in the public docket without change and may be made available on 
http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions you about 
submitting personal information such as social security numbers and 
    Docket: To read or download submissions in response to the proposed 
rule, go to Docket No. OSHA-2009-0044 at http://www.regulations.gov. 
All 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 page. All submissions, 
including copyrighted material, are available for inspections and 
copying at the OSHA Docket Office.
    Electronic copies of this Federal Register document are available 
at http://www.regulations.gov. This document, as well as news releases 
and other relevant information, also are available at OSHA's Web page 
at http://www.osha.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information and press 
inquiries, contact Frank Meilinger, Director, Office of Communications, 
Room N-3647, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 200Constitution Avenue 
NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-1999; email: 
    For technical inquiries, contact William Perry or Lyn Penniman, 
Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Room N-3718, OSHA, U.S. 
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; 
telephone: (202) 693-1950 or fax (202) 693-1678; email: 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 10, 2014, OSHA published in the 
Federal Register (79 FR 61384-61438) a Request for Information (RFI) 
soliciting stakeholder feedback with respect to OSHA's overall approach 
to managing hazardous chemical exposures in the workplace. The document 
outlines potential modifications to OSHA's current risk and feasibility 
assessment approaches and requests additional information about 
chemical management for the workplace that may be more efficient, while 
still maintaining worker protection. The RFI set a date of April 8, 
2015 for submitting written comments.
    OSHA has received multiple requests from stakeholders, including 
the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 
(ACOEM), the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial 
Organizations (AFL-CIO), the American Industrial Hygiene Association 
(AIHA), and ORCHSE Strategies, LLC, to extend the comment period by 60 
to 180 additional days. These groups have requested this additional 
time in order to better research, consider, and formulate responses to 
the over 50 questions OSHA included in the RFI.
    OSHA has decided to extend the comment deadline to October 9, 2015, 
which provides stakeholders an additional 6 months in which to submit 

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, directed the preparation 
of this notice. OSHA is issuing this notice under 29 U.S.C. 653, 655, 
657; 33 U.S.C. 941; 40 U.S.C. 3704 et seq.; Secretary of Labor's Order 
1-2012 (77 FR 3912, 1/25/2012); and 29 CFR part 1911.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on March 12, 2015.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2015-06516 Filed 3-24-15; 8:45 am]