[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 136 (Tuesday, July 20, 2021)]
[Rules and Regulations]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov
[FR Doc No: 2021-15326]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
29 CFR Part 1910
[Docket No. OSHA-2020-0004]
Occupational Exposure to COVID-19; Emergency Temporary Standard
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),
Department of Labor.
ACTION: Interim final rule; extension of comment period.
SUMMARY: The period for submitting public comments is being extended by
30 days to allow stakeholders interested in the emergency temporary
standard (ETS) additional time to review the ETS and collect
information and data necessary for comment.
DATES: The comment period for the interim final rule (ETS) that was
published June 21, 2021, at 86 FR 32376, effective June 21, 2021, is
extended. Comments on any aspect of the ETS and whether the ETS should
be adopted as a permanent standard must be submitted by August 20,
Written comments: You may submit comments and attachments,
identified by Docket No. OSHA-2020-0004, electronically at
www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Follow
the online instructions for making electronic submissions.
Instructions: All submissions must include the agency's name and
the docket number for this rulemaking (Docket No. OSHA-2020-0004). All
comments, including any personal information you provide, are placed in
the public docket without change and may be made available online at
www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions commenters about
submitting information they do not want made available to the public or
submitting materials that contain personal information (either about
themselves or others), such as Social Security Numbers and birthdates.
Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the
docket, go to Docket No. OSHA-2020-0004 at www.regulations.gov. All
comments and submissions are listed in the www.regulations.gov index;
however, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly
available to read or download through that website. All comments and
submissions, including copyrighted material, are available for
inspection through the OSHA Docket Office. Documents submitted to the
docket by OSHA or stakeholders are assigned document identification
numbers (Document ID) for easy identification and retrieval. The full
Document ID is the docket number (OSHA-2020-0004) plus a unique four-
digit code (e.g., OSHA-2020-0004-1033). When citing materials in the
docket, OSHA includes the term ``Document ID'' followed by the last
four digits of the Document ID number (e.g., Document ID 1033).
Document ID numbers are used to identify docket materials in this
notice. However, OSHA identified supporting information in the ETS (86
FR 32376) by author name and publication year, when appropriate. The
agency has also provided a spreadsheet in the docket that identifies
the full Document ID for each reference cited in the ETS (see Document
ID 1042). This information can be used to search for a supporting
document in the docket at http://www.regulations.gov. Contact the OSHA
Docket Office at 202-693-2350 (TTY number: 877-889-5627) for assistance
in locating docket submissions.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
General information and press inquiries: Contact Frank Meilinger,
Director, Office of Communications, U.S. Department of Labor; telephone
(202) 693-1999; email email@example.com.
For technical inquiries: Contact Andrew Levinson, Directorate of
Standards and Guidance, U.S. Department of Labor; telephone (202) 693-
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 21, 2021, OSHA issued an 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.
The public comment period for the ETS was to close on July 21,
2021, 30 days after publication of the ETS. However, OSHA received
requests from several stakeholders to extend the comment period by an
additional 30 days, through August 20, 2021 (Document ID 1078; 1079;
1080; 1082; 1083; 1086; 1088; 1089). These stakeholders explained that
they need additional time to thoroughly review the ETS, gather input
from members, and prepare informed comments (see, e.g., Document ID
1078; 1079; 1080; 1082; 1083; 1086; 1087; 1088; 1089).
OSHA agrees to an extension and believes a 30-day extension of the
public comment period is sufficient and appropriate in order to address
these stakeholder requests. Therefore, the public comment period will
be extended until August 20, 2021.
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.
Signed at Washington, DC, on July 12, 2021.
James S. Frederick,
Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2021-15326 Filed 7-19-21; 8:45 am]
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