• Publication Date:
  • Publication Type:
    Proposed Rule
  • Fed Register #:
  • Standard Number:
  • Title:
    Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings; Extension of Comment Period
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 230 (Friday, December 3, 2021)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 68594]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-26269]



Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Parts 1910, 1915, 1917, 1918, 1926, and 1928

[Docket No. OSHA-2021-0009]
RIN 1218-AD39

Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work 
Settings; Extension of Comment Period

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

ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM); extension of 
comment period.


SUMMARY: OSHA is extending the period for submitting comments by 30 
days to allow stakeholders interested in the ANPRM on Heat Injury and 
Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings additional time 
to review the ANPRM and collect information and data necessary for 

DATES: The comment period for the ANPRM that was published at 86 FR 
59309 on October 27, 2021, is extended. Comments on any aspect of the 
ANPRM must be submitted by January 26, 2022.

    Written comments: You may submit comments and attachments, 
identified by Docket No. OSHA-2021-0009, electronically at 
www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Follow 
the online instructions for making electronic submissions. The Federal 
e-Rulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov is the only way to submit 
comments on this ANPRM.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency's name and 
the docket number for this rulemaking (Docket No. OSHA-2021-0009). 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-2021-0009 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 plus a unique four-digit code. OSHA is 
identifying supporting information in this ANPRM by author name and 
publication year, when appropriate. 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 

    Press inquiries: Contact Frank Meilinger, Director, Office of 
Communications, U.S. Department of Labor; telephone: (202) 693-1999; 
email: meilinger.francis2@dol.gov.
    General and technical information: Contact Andrew Levinson, 
Directorate of Standards and Guidance, U.S. Department of Labor; 
telephone: (202) 693-1950.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 27, 2021, OSHA issued an ANPRM to 
initiate rulemaking to protect indoor and outdoor workers from 
hazardous heat and to obtain additional information about the extent 
and nature of hazardous heat in the workplace and the nature and 
effectiveness of interventions and controls used to prevent heat-
related injury and illness.
    The public comment period for the ANPRM was to close on December 
27, 2021, 60 days after publication of the ANPRM. However, OSHA 
received requests from stakeholders to extend the comment period by an 
additional 30 days (Document ID 0145) or 60 days (Document ID 0101, 
0133, 0141, 0143, 0144, 0148, 0152, 0159). These stakeholders explained 
that they need additional time to carefully review the questions in the 
ANPRM, obtain input from members, and provide comments (see, e.g., 
Document ID 0101).
    OSHA agrees to an extension of the public comment period and 
believes a 30-day extension is sufficient and appropriate in order to 
balance the agency's need for timely input to inform how the agency 
will proceed with the rulemaking with these stakeholder requests. 
Therefore, OSHA is extending the public comment period until January 
26, 2022.

Authority and Signature

    Douglas L. Parker, 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 November 24, 2021.
Douglas L. Parker,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2021-26269 Filed 12-2-21; 8:45 am]