[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 243 (Friday, December 18, 2015)][Rules and Regulations][Pages 78977-78978]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-31878]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
29 CFR Parts 1902, 1903, 1904, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, and 1956
[Docket No. OSHA-2014-0009]
Streamlining of Provisions on State Plans for Occupational Safety
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),
Department of Labor.
ACTION: Final rule; confirmation of effective date; approval of
collections of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
SUMMARY: On August 18, 2015 OSHA published in the Federal Register a
direct final rule that streamlined provisions on State Plans. OSHA
stated in that document that it would withdraw the companion proposed
rule and confirm the effective date of the final rule if the Agency
received no significant adverse comments on the direct final rule or
the proposal. Since OSHA received no comments on the direct final rule
or the proposal, the Agency now confirms that the direct final rule
became effective as a final rule on October 19, 2015. The proposed rule
and the direct final rule also requested comments on the collections of
information contained in State Plan regulations under the Paperwork
Reduction Act of 1995. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
approved those collections of information.
DATES: The effective date for the direct final rule that published on
August 18, 2015 (80 FR49897) is confirmed as October 19, 2015.
ADDRESSES: 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 are
available at OSHAs Web page at www.osha.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For press inquiries: Francis
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; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general and technical information: Douglas J. Kalinowski,
Director, OSHA Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, Room N-
3700, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-2200; email:
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Confirmation of the effective date: On
August 18, 2015, OSHA published a direct final rule in the Federal
Register amending OSHA regulations to remove the detailed descriptions
of State Plan coverage, purely historical data, and other unnecessarily
codified information. In addition, this document moved most of the
general provisions of subpart A of part 1952 into part 1902, where the
general regulations on State Plan criteria are found. It also amended
several other OSHA regulations to delete references to part 1952, which
will no longer apply. A companion proposed rule was also published on
In the direct final rule, OSHA stated that it would publish a
Federal Register document confirming the effective date of the direct
final rule and withdraw the proposed rule if it received no significant
adverse comments on the direct final rule or the proposal. OSHA
received no comments on the direct final rule or the proposed rule.
Accordingly, OSHA is confirming the effective date of the direct final
rule and the proposed rule is withdrawn.
Approval of collections of information: The proposed rule and the
direct final rule also contained a request for comments on an
Information Collection Request under the Paperwork Reduction Act of
1995 (PRA), which covers all collections of information in OSHA State
Plan regulations. OMB received no comments. OMB has approved the
revised collections of information and is retaining OMB control number
1218-0247 for these requirements. The expiration date for the approval
is April 30, 2016.
List of Subjects in 29 CFR Parts 1902, 1903, 1904, 1952, 1953,
1954, 1955, and 1956
Intergovernmental relations, Law enforcement, Occupational safety
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 direct final rule
under the authority specified by Sections 8(c)(1), 8(c)(2), and 8(g)(2)
and 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 657
(c)(1), (c)(2), and (g)(2) and 667) and Secretary of Labor's Order No.
1-2012 (76 FR 3912).
Signed at Washington, DC, on December 11, 2015.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2015-31878 Filed 12-17-15; 8:45 am]
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