[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 66 (Wednesday, April 6, 2022)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-07251]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2022-0006]
Stakeholder Meeting on OSHA Initiatives To Protect Workers From
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Notice of stakeholder meeting.
SUMMARY: OSHA invites interested parties to participate in a
stakeholder meeting on the agency's initiatives to protect workers from
heat-related hazards. OSHA will provide an overview of its ongoing
activities to protect workers from heat-related hazards, as well as an
introduction to the agency's rulemaking process and ways for the public
to participate in that process. Additionally, participants are invited
to provide public comments and ask questions related to OSHA's ongoing
efforts to prevent heat injury and illness in outdoor and indoor work
DATES: The stakeholder meeting will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00
p.m. ET on May 3, 2022.
ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place virtually using Zoom.
Registration: If you would like to attend, provide public comment,
or ask questions, please register online at https://projects.erg.com/conferences/osha/osha-heat.html. If you are interested in providing
public comments, you must indicate that while registering. In order to
accommodate many speakers, public comments will be limited to no more
than three minutes during this meeting. The duration of speaking time
is subject to change, and the time allotted for each speaker will be
finalized upon the close of registration. Although OSHA welcomes all
comments and seeks to accommodate many speakers at the meeting, it may
not be possible to accommodate all stakeholder requests to speak at the
meeting. The order of speakers will be determined based on affiliation
and will be confirmed with speakers prior to the event.
Those who cannot attend the meeting and those who are unable or
choose not to make verbal comments during the meeting are invited to
submit their comments in writing to OSHA via the instructions below.
Public Comments: Those who cannot attend the meeting and those who
are unable or choose not to make verbal comments during the meeting are
invited to submit their comments in writing. You may submit comments
and additional materials electronically until August 1, 2022.
Comments may be submitted as follows:
Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments, identified
by Docket No. OSHA-2022-0006, electronically at www.regulations.gov,
which is the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Follow the online
instructions for submitting comments. All written submissions must
include the agency's name and the docket number for this public meeting
(Docket No. OSHA-2022-0006).
Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the
docket go to https://www.regulations.gov, identified by Docket No.
OSHA-2022-0006. Documents in the docket are listed in the https://www.regulations.gov index; however, some information (e.g., copyrighted
material) is not publicly available to read or download through this
website. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available
for inspection through the OSHA Docket Office. Contact the OSHA Docket
Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY (877) 889-5627) for assistance in
locating docket submissions.
Instructions: All submissions must include the agency's name and
the docket number for this meeting (Docket No. OSHA-2022-0006). 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.
Requests for special accommodations: Please submit requests for
special accommodations for this stakeholder meeting during
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Press Inquiries: Contact Frank Meilinger, Director, Office of
Communications, U.S. Department of Labor; telephone (202) 693-1999;
General and technical information: Contact Lisa Long, Acting Deputy
Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, U.S. Department of
Labor; telephone (202) 693-1950.
Workers in both outdoor and indoor work settings without adequate
climate-controlled environments are at risk of hazardous heat exposure.
Workers of color are disproportionately exposed to hazardous levels of
heat in essential jobs across these work settings. Climate change is
increasing the frequency and intensity of hazardous heat events, which
puts more workers at risk of hazardous heat exposure, including in
areas of the U.S. not historically impacted by hazardous heat. OSHA has
several ongoing initiatives to reduce occupational heat illnesses,
injuries, and fatalities. During this stakeholder meeting, OSHA will
present an overview of its ongoing activities to protect workers from
heat-related hazards, as well as an introduction to the agency's
rulemaking process and ways for the public to participate in that
process. The agency will also provide an overview of the following
topics: (1) The agency's Heat Illness Prevention Campaign, (2)
compliance assistance activities, and (3) enforcement efforts. At the
end of each OSHA information session, stakeholders will have an
opportunity to ask questions about the presentations.
Additionally, this meeting will include periods for public comment
and testimony during which OSHA is interested in receiving feedback
from stakeholders on how OSHA can more effectively serve the public
through its heat injury and illness prevention activities. OSHA is
requesting comment from interested parties, including from state and
local governments, tribal governments, non-governmental organizations,
labor unions, academia, business and industry, tribal/indigenous
organizations, and community-based organization stakeholders, as well
as individuals, including affected workers, regarding these topics.
Case studies, real world examples, and any data to support the comments
II. Meeting Format
The meeting will feature brief presentations from OSHA on the
topics outlined in this notice, followed by opportunities for
stakeholders to ask questions about the presentations. There will also
be public comment and testimony periods during which OSHA is interested
in receiving feedback from stakeholders. Participants should focus on
providing comment on the topics provided in this notice. OSHA plans to
use this meeting to establish an open dialogue with stakeholders, and
information presented to the agency may be used to inform future
activities on preventing heat illness and injury in indoor and outdoor
workplaces. Written comments may also be provided to OSHA at the
conclusion of the meeting, or as a follow-up to the meeting. Those who
cannot attend the meeting and those who are unable or choose not to
make verbal comments during the meeting are also invited to submit
their comments in writing. The meeting will take place virtually using
Zoom and will be available for concurrent viewing by the public on the
DOL YouTube channel. The meeting will be broadcast in English and
Spanish and may be archived for future viewing. More information on
registration is provided above.
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: 29 U.S.C. 653, 655, and 657,
Secretary's Order 8-2020 (85 FR 58393; Sept. 18, 2020), and 29 CFR part
Douglas L. Parker,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2022-07251 Filed 4-5-22; 8:45 am]
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