[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 24 (Friday, February 5, 2016)][Rules and Regulations][Pages 6177-6178]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-02069]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
29 CFR Part 1952
[Docket No. OSHA-2015-0003]
Maine State Plan for State and Local Government Employers
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),
Department of Labor.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: This document announces the publication of the regulatory
provisions which formalize the initial approval of the Maine State and
Local Government Only State Plan.
DATES: Effective February 5, 2016. Initial approval of the Maine State
Plan was granted on August 5, 2015.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
For press inquiries: Contact Francis Meilinger, Office of
Communications, Room N-3647, OSHA, 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: Contact 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:
On May 20, 2015, OSHA published a notice in the Federal Register
(80 FR 28890) concerning the submission of the Maine State and Local
Government Only State Plan, announcing that initial Federal approval of
the Plan was at issue, and offering interested parties an opportunity
to review the Plan and submit data, views, arguments or requests for a
hearing concerning the Plan. No comments were received.
OSHA, after carefully reviewing the Maine State Plan for the
development and enforcement of state standards applicable to state and
local government employers and the record developed during the above
described proceedings, determined that the requirements and criteria
for initial approval of a developmental State Plan were met. The Plan
was approved as a developmental State Plan for State and Local
Government Only under Section 18 of the OSH Act on August 5, 2015. (80
B. Notice of Publication of the Regulatory Description of the Maine
In light of the reorganization of the State Plan regulations
through the streamlining of 29 CFR part 1952 and 29 CFR part 1956, OSHA
deferred any change to those regulatory provisions relating to the
Maine State Plan until the streamlining changes took effect. (80 FR
46487, 46492). These streamlining changes took effect October 19, 2015.
(80 FR 49897, Aug. 18, 2015). Therefore OSHA is now amending 29 CFR
part 1952 to incorporate the description of the Maine State Plan.
C. Regulatory Flexibility Act
OSHA certifies pursuant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980
(5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) that the initial approval of the Maine State
Plan will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial
number of small entities. By its own terms, the Plan will have no
effect on private sector employment, but is limited to the state and
its political subdivisions. Moreover, Title 26, Labor and Industry, of
the Maine Revised Statutes was enacted in 1971. This legislation
established the Board, whose purpose is to formulate rules that shall,
at a minimum, conform with Federal standards of occupational
safety and health, so the state program could eventually be approved as
a State and Local Government Only State Plan. Since 1971 the Maine
program for public employers has been in operation under the Maine
Department of Labor with state funding and all state and local
government employers in the state have been subject to its terms.
Compliance with state OSHA standards is required by state law; Federal
approval of a State Plan imposes regulatory requirements only on the
agency responsible for administering the State Plan. Accordingly, no
new obligations would be placed on public sector employers as a result
of Federal approval of the Plan.
Executive Order 13132, "Federalism," emphasizes consultation
between Federal agencies and the states and establishes specific review
procedures the Federal Government must follow as it carries out
policies that affect state or local governments. OSHA has consulted
extensively with Maine throughout the development, submission and
consideration of its State Plan. Although OSHA has determined that the
requirements and consultation procedures provided in Executive Order
13132 are not applicable to initial approval decisions under the OSH
Act, which have no effect outside the particular state receiving the
approval, OSHA has reviewed this final rule, and believes it is
consistent with the principles and criteria set forth in the Executive
E. Administrative Procedures
This Federal Register document is designated a "final rule." That
designation is necessary because OSHA publishes a description of every
state plan in 29 CFR part 1952. Because they are set forth in the Code
of Federal Regulations, these descriptions can be added or updated only
by publishing a "final rule" document in the final rules section of
the Federal Register. Such rules do not contain any new Federal
regulatory requirements, but merely provide public information about
the state plan.
Today's action is solely a formalization of the initial approval of
the Maine State Plan, which was granted on August 5, 2015 (80 FR
List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 1952
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 Ave. NW., Washington, DC, authorized the preparation of
this notice. OSHA is issuing this notice under the authority specified
by Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29
U.S.C. 667), Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-2012 (77 FR 3912), and 29
CFR parts 1902 and 1956.
Signed in Washington, DC, on January 29, 2016.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
Amendments to Regulation
For the reasons set forth in the preamble of this final rule, 29
CFR part 1952 is amended as set forth below.
PART 1952--APPROVED STATE PLANS FOR ENFORCEMENT OF STATE STANDARDS
1. The authority citation for part 1952 continues to read as follows:
Authority: Sec. 18, 84 Stat. 1608 (29 U.S.C. 667); 29 CFR part
1902; Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-2012 (77 FR 3912, Jan. 25,
Subpart B--List of Approved State Plans for State and Local
2. Add Sec. 1952.28 to read as follows:
Sec. 1952.28 Maine.
(a) The Maine State Plan for State and local government employees
received initial approval from the Assistant Secretary on August 5,
(b) The Plan further provides assurances of a fully trained,
adequate staff within three years of plan approval, including 2 safety
and 1 health compliance officers for enforcement inspections, and 3
safety and 1 health consultants to perform consultation services in the
public sector. The State has assured that it will continue to provide a
sufficient number of adequately trained and qualified personnel
necessary for the enforcement of standards as required by 29 CFR
1956.10. The State has also given satisfactory assurance of adequate
funding to support the Plan.
(c) The plan only covers State and local government employers and
employees within the State. For additional details about the plan,
please visit https://www.osha.gov/dcsp/osp/stateprogs/maine.html.
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