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    83:27157-27160
  • Title:
    Semiannual Agenda of Regulations
  [Federal Register Volume 83, Number 112 (Monday, June 11, 2018)]
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  [Pages 27157-27160]
  From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
  [FR Doc No: 2018-11251]
  
  

  
  Vol. 83
  
  Monday,
  
  No. 112
  
  June 11, 2018
  
  Part XII
  
  
  
  
  
  Department of Labor
  
  
  
  
  
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  Semiannual Regulatory Agenda
  
  Federal Register / Vol. 83 , No. 112 / Monday, June 11, 2018 / 
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  DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
  
  Office of the Secretary
  
  20 CFR Chs. I, IV, V, VI, VII, and IX
  
  29 CFR Subtitle A and Chs. II, IV, V, XVII, and XXV
  
  30 CFR Ch. I
  
  41 CFR Ch. 60
  
  48 CFR Ch. 29
  
  
  Semiannual Agenda of Regulations
  
  AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Labor.
  
  ACTION: Semiannual Regulatory Agenda.
  
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  SUMMARY: The internet has become the means for disseminating the 
  entirety of the Department of Labor's semiannual regulatory agenda. 
  However, the Regulatory Flexibility Act requires publication of a 
  regulatory flexibility agenda in the Federal Register. This Federal 
  Register Notice contains the regulatory flexibility agenda.
  
  FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura M. Dawkins, Director, Office of 
  Regulatory and Programmatic Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary 
  for Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 
  S-2312, Washington, DC 20210; (202) 693-5959.
  
      Note: Information pertaining to a specific regulation can be 
  obtained from the agency contact listed for that particular 
  regulation.
  
  
  SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Executive Order 12866 requires the 
  semiannual publication of an agenda of regulations that contains a 
  listing of all the regulations the Department of Labor expects to have 
  under active consideration for promulgation, proposal, or review during 
  the coming one-year period. The entirety of the Department's semiannual 
  agenda is available online at www.regInfo.gov.
      The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602) requires DOL to 
  publish in the Federal Register a regulatory flexibility agenda. The 
  Department's Regulatory Flexibility Agenda, published with this notice, 
  includes only those rules on its semiannual agenda that are likely to 
  have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
  entities; and those rules identified for periodic review in keeping 
  with the requirements of section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. 
  Thus, the regulatory flexibility agenda is a subset of the Department's 
  semiannual regulatory agenda. The Department's Regulatory Flexibility 
  Agenda does not include section 610 items at this time.
      All interested members of the public are invited and encouraged to 
  let departmental officials know how our regulatory efforts can be 
  improved, and are invited to participate in and comment on the review 
  or development of the regulations listed on the Department's agenda.
  
   R. Alexander Acosta,
  Secretary of Labor.
  
         Employee Benefits Security Administration--Final Rule Stage
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                                                             Regulation
         Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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  145.......................  Definition of an                   1210-AB85
                               `Employer' Under Section
                               3(5) of ERISA--
                               Association Health Plans.
  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  
  
        Occupational Safety and Health Administration--Prerule Stage
  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                             Regulation
         Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  146.......................  Communication Tower Safety         1218-AC90
  147.......................  Tree Care Standard........         1218-AD04
  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  
  
      Occupational Safety and Health Administration--Long-Term Actions
  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                             Regulation
         Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  148.......................  Infectious Diseases.......         1218-AC46
  149.......................  Process Safety Management          1218-AC82
                               and Prevention of Major
                               Chemical Accidents.
  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  
  DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)
  
  Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)
  
  Final Rule Stage
  
  145. Definition of an `Employer' Under Section 3(5) of ERISA--
  Association Health Plans
  
      E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
      Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 3(1), 3(5), and 505
      Abstract: This regulatory action would establish criteria for an 
  employer group or association to act as an ``employer'' within the 
  meaning of section 3(5) of ERISA and sponsor an association health plan 
  that is an employee welfare benefit plan and a group health plan under 
  title I of ERISA.
      Timetable:
  
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                 Action                    Date            FR Cite
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  NPRM................................   01/05/18  83 FR 614
  NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/06/18  .......................
  Analyze Comments....................   05/00/18  .......................
  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  
      Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
      Agency Contact: Amy J. Turner, Director, Office of Health Plan 
  Standards and Compliance Assistance, Department of Labor, Employee 
  Benefits Security Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP 
  Building, Room N-5653, Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-8335, Fax: 
  202 219-1942.
      RIN: 1210-AB85.
  
  
  
  
  DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)
  
  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  
  Prerule Stage
  
  146. Communication Tower Safety
  
      E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
      Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 655
      Abstract: While the number of employees engaged in the 
  communication tower industry remains small, the fatality rate is very 
  high. Over the past 20 years, this industry has experienced an average 
  fatality rate that greatly exceeds that of the construction industry, 
  for example. Falls are the leading cause of death in tower work and 
  OSHA has evidence that fall protection is used either improperly or 
  inconsistently. Based on information collected from an April 2016 
  Request for Information, OSHA understands that employees are often 
  hoisted to working levels on small base-mounted drum hoists that have 
  been mounted to a truck chassis, and these may not be rated to hoist 
  personnel. Communication tower construction and maintenance activities 
  are not adequately covered by current OSHA fall protection and 
  personnel hoisting standards, and OSHA plans to use information it will 
  collect from a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act 
  (SBREFA) panel to identify effective work practices and advances in 
  engineering technology that would best address industry safety and 
  health concerns. While this panel will be focused on communication 
  towers, OSHA plans to consider inclusion of structures that have 
  telecommunications equipment on or attached to them (e.g., buildings, 
  rooftops, water towers, billboards, etc.).
      Timetable:
  
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                 Action                    Date            FR Cite
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  Request For Information (RFI).......   04/15/15  80 FR 20185
  RFI Comment Period End..............   06/15/15  .......................
  Initiate SBREFA.....................   01/04/17  .......................
  Initiate SBREFA.....................   05/00/18  .......................
  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  
      Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
      Agency Contact: Dean McKenzie, Director, Directorate of 
  Construction, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
  Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Room N-3468, 
  Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-2020, Fax: 202 693-1689, Email: 
  mckenzie.dean@dol.gov.
      RIN: 1218-AC90
  
  147. Tree Care Standard
  
      E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
      Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined
      Abstract: There is no OSHA standard for tree care operations; the 
  agency currently applies a patchwork of standards to address the 
  serious hazards in this industry. The tree care industry previously 
  petitioned the agency for rulemaking and OSHA issued an ANPRM 
  (September 2008). Tree care continues to be a high-hazard industry.
      Timetable:
  
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                 Action                    Date            FR Cite
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  Stakeholder Meeting.................   07/13/16  .......................
  Initiate SBREFA.....................   04/00/19  .......................
  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  
      Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
      Agency Contact: William Perry, Director, Directorate of Standards 
  and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
  Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Room N-3718, 
  Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-1950, Fax: 202 693-1678, Email: 
  perry.bill@dol.gov.
      RIN: 1218-AD04
  
  DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)
  
  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  
  Long-Term Actions
  
  148. Infectious Diseases
  
      E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
      Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 533; 29 U.S.C. 657 and 658; 29 U.S.C. 
  660; 29 U.S.C. 666; 29 U.S.C. 669; 29 U.S.C. 673
      Abstract: Employees in health care and other high-risk environments 
  face long-standing infectious disease hazards such as tuberculosis 
  (TB), varicella disease (chickenpox, shingles), and measles (rubeola), 
  as well as new and emerging infectious disease threats, such as Severe 
  Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and pandemic influenza. Health care 
  workers and workers in related occupations, or who are exposed in other 
  high-risk environments, are at increased risk of contracting TB, SARS, 
  Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), and other 
  infectious diseases that can be transmitted through a variety of 
  exposure routes. OSHA is examining regulatory alternatives for control 
  measures to protect employees from infectious disease exposures to 
  pathogens that can cause significant disease. Workplaces where such 
  control measures might be necessary include: Health care, emergency 
  response, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, drug treatment 
  programs, and other occupational settings where employees can be at 
  increased risk of exposure to potentially infectious people. A standard 
  could also apply to laboratories, which handle materials that may be a 
  source of pathogens, and to pathologists, coroners' offices, medical 
  examiners, and mortuaries.
      Timetable:
  
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                 Action                    Date            FR Cite
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  Request for Information (RFI).......   05/06/10  75 FR 24835
  RFI Comment Period End..............   08/04/10  .......................
  Analyze Comments....................   12/30/10  .......................
  Stakeholder Meetings................   07/05/11  76 FR 39041
  Initiate SBREFA.....................   06/04/14  .......................
  Complete SBREFA.....................   12/22/14  .......................
                                       -----------------------------------
  NPRM................................           To Be Determined
  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  
      Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
      Agency Contact: William Perry, Director, Directorate of Standards 
  and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
  Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Room N-3718, 
  Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-1950, Fax: 202 693-1678, Email: 
  perry.bill@dol.gov.
      RIN: 1218-AC46
  
  149. Process Safety Management and Prevention of Major Chemical 
  Accidents
  
      E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
      Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 655; 29 U.S.C. 657
      Abstract: In accordance with the Executive Order 13650, Improving 
  Chemical Facility Safety and Security, Occupational Safety and Health 
  Administration (OSHA) issued a Request for Information (RFI) on 
  December 9, 2013 (78 FR 73756). The RFI identified issues related to 
  modernization of the Process Safety Management standard and related 
  standards necessary to meet the goal of preventing major chemical 
  accidents.
      Timetable:
  
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                 Action                    Date            FR Cite
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  Request for Information (RFI).......   12/09/13  78 FR 73756
  RFI Comment Period Extended.........   03/07/14  79 FR 13006
  RFI Comment Period Extended End.....   03/31/14  .......................
  Initiate SBREFA.....................   06/08/15  .......................
  SBREFA Report Completed.............   08/01/16  .......................
  
   
  Next Action Undetermined............
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      Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
      Agency Contact: William Perry, Director, Directorate of Standards 
  and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
  Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Room N-3718, 
  Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-1950, Fax: 202 693-1678, Email: 
  perry.bill@dol.gov.
      RIN: 1218-AC82
  
  [FR Doc. 2018-11251 Filed 6-8-18; 8:45 am]
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