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    Occupational Exposure to COVID-19; Emergency Temporary Standard
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 132 (Wednesday, July 14, 2021)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 37038-37039]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-14326]



Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Part 1910

[Docket No. OSHA-2020-0004]
RIN 1218-AD36

Occupational Exposure to COVID-19; Emergency Temporary Standard

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

ACTION: Interim final rule; correction.


SUMMARY: OSHA is fixing minor errors in the interim final rule 
published on June 21, 2021, titled Occupational Exposure to COVID-19; 
Emergency Temporary Standard, including correcting the docket number 
for submission of comments related to OSHA's information collection 
estimates under the Paperwork Reduction Act.

DATES: Effective July 14, 2021.

    Press inquiries: Frank Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office of 
Communications; telephone: (202) 693-1999; email: 
    For technical inquiries: Maureen Ruskin, OSHA Directorate of 
Standards and Guidance; telephone: (202) 693-1955; email: 


I. Summary and Explanation

    On June 21, 2021, OSHA published an interim final rule establishing 
an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect healthcare and 
healthcare support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-
19 in settings where people with COVID-19 are reasonably expected to be 
present (86 FR 32376). In the Dates section of the preamble, the agency 
inadvertently included an incorrect docket number for submitting 
comments related to the information collection estimates under the 
Paperwork Reduction Act. The agency is submitting this document to 
correct this error.
    In addition, in Section VI.B Economic Feasibility, several table 
references were incorrect or missing, some tables were incorrectly 
numbered, and one subsection heading was labeled incorrectly. Those 
changes are shown in the table below, titled ``Table of Non-substantive 

II. Exemption From Notice-and-Comment Procedures

    OSHA has determined that these corrections are not subject to the 
procedures for public notice and comment specified in the 
Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553) or Section 6(b) of the 
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 655(b)). This 
rulemaking only corrects minor errors in the published rule and does 
not affect or change any existing rights or obligations. No stakeholder 
is likely to object to these corrections. Therefore, the agency finds 
good cause that public notice and comment are unnecessary under 5 
U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B), 29 U.S.C. 655(b), and 29 CFR 1911.5.

III. Correction of Publication

    In FR Doc. 2021-12428 appearing in the Federal Register of June 21, 
2021 (86 FR 32376), make the following corrections in the Dates section 
of the preamble.
    On page 32376, in the second column, the second full paragraph is 
corrected to read as follows:
    Comments due: Written comments, including comments on any aspect of 
this ETS and whether this ETS should become a final rule, must be 
submitted by July 21, 2021 in Docket No. OSHA-2020-0004. Comments on 
the information collection determination described in Section VII.K of 
the preamble (OMB Review under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995) may 
be submitted by August 20, 2021 in Docket Number OSHA-2021-0003.
    In addition, the agency provides the following table, which 
contains a list of corrections of minor, non-substantive errors into 
section VI.B. These changes are to five table references within the 
text, six table numbers, and one subsection heading.

                  Table of Non-Substantive Corrections
        Page No.              Original text           Corrected text
Page 32519.............  below shows the          Table VI.B.36 below
                          entities and employees.  shows the entities
                                                   and employees.
Page 32537.............  Table VI.B.4142........  Table VI.B.41.
Page 32539.............  Table VI.B.4344........  Table VI.B.43.
Page 32540.............  Table VI.B.01..........  Table VI.B.44.
Page 32541.............  Table VI.B.12..........  Table VI.B.45.
Page 32542.............  Table VI.B.2...........  Table VI.B.46.
Page 32544.............  (raw data from Table     (raw data from Table
                          VI.B.4546, Row K).       VI.B.45, Row K).
Page 32544.............  (Table VI.B.4546, Row    (Table VI.B.45, Row
                          M).                      M).
Page 32544.............  summarized in Row L of   summarized in Row L of
                          in Need for Specific     Table VI.B.44. In
                          Provisions.              Need for Specific
Page 32544.............  (see Table VI.B.4142...  (see Table VI.B.41.
Page 32546.............  d. Low-Case Sensitivity  Low-Case Sensitivity
                          Analysis.                Analysis.
Page 32548.............  Error! Reference source  Table VI.B.A.1.
                          not found.

List of Subjects for 29 CFR part 1910

    COVID-19, Disease, Health facilities, Health, Healthcare, 
Incorporation by reference, Occupational health and safety, Public 
health, Quarantine, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, 
Respirators, SARS-CoV- 2, Telework, Vaccines, Viruses.

Authority and Signature

    James S. Frederick, Acting 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 document pursuant to the following authorities: 
Sections 4, 6, and 8 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 
(29 U.S.C. 653, 655, 657); Secretary of Labor's Order 8-2020 (85 FR 
58393 (Sept. 18, 2020)); 29 CFR part 1911; and 5 U.S.C. 553.

James S. Frederick,
Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2021-14326 Filed 7-13-21; 8:45 am]