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    Worker Walkaround Representative Designation Process
[Federal Register Volume 88, Number 198 (Monday, October 16, 2023)]
    [Proposed Rules]
    [Page 71329]
    From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
    [FR Doc No: 2023-22705]
    Occupational Safety and Health Administration
    29 CFR Part 1903
    [Docket No. OSHA-2023-0008]
    RIN 1218-AD45
    Worker Walkaround Representative Designation Process
    AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
    ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of public comment 
    SUMMARY: On August 30, 2023, OSHA published a notice of proposed 
    rulemaking (NPRM) titled ``Worker Walkaround Representative Designation 
    Process.'' The period for submitting public comments is being extended 
    by two weeks to allow stakeholders additional time to comment.
    DATES: The comment period for the proposed rule published in the 
    Federal Register on August 30, 2023 (88 FR 59825), is extended. Submit 
    comments to the proposed rule and other information by November 13, 
    ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted as follows:
        Written comments: You may submit comments and attachments 
    electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal 
    eRulemaking Portal. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
        Instructions: All submissions must include the agency's name and 
    docket number for this rulemaking (Docket No. OSHA-2023-0008). All 
    comments, including any personal information you provide, are placed in 
    the public docket without change and may be made available online at 
    http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions commenters about 
    submitting information that 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 information in the 
    docket, go to Docket No. OSHA-2023-0008 at http://www.regulations.gov. 
    All comments and submissions are listed in the http://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. Contact 
    the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2500 (TDY number 877-889-5627) for 
    assistance in locating docket submissions.
        Press inquiries: Frank Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office of 
    Communications, telephone: (202) 693-1999; email: 
        General and technical inquiries: Donald Klienback, OSHA Directorate 
    of Construction, telephone: (202) 693-2020; email: 
        Copies of this Federal Register notice and news releases: 
    Electronic copies of these documents are available at OSHA's web page 
    at https://www.osha.gov.
        On August 30, 2023, OSHA published a NPRM titled ``Worker 
    Walkaround Representative Designation Process.'' (88 FR 59825). In the 
    NPRM, OSHA proposed to amend its Representatives of Employers and 
    Employees regulation to clarify that the representative(s) authorized 
    by employees may be an employee of the employer or a third party; such 
    third-party employee representative(s) may accompany the OSHA 
    Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO) when they are reasonably 
    necessary to aid in the inspection. OSHA also proposed clarifications 
    of the relevant knowledge, skills, or experience with hazards or 
    conditions in the workplace or similar workplaces, or language skills 
    of third-party representative(s) authorized by employees who may be 
    reasonably necessary to the conduct of a CSHO's physical inspection of 
    the workplace.
        The public comment period for this NPRM was to conclude on October 
    30, 2023, 60 days after publication of the NPRM. However, OSHA received 
    requests from stakeholders for a 60-day extension of the public comment 
    period (Document ID 0015; 0018). OSHA agrees to an extension of the 
    public comment period and believes that a two-week extension is 
    sufficient and appropriate in order to balance the agency's need for 
    timely input with the stakeholders' request. Accordingly, the comment 
    period for this NPRM is being extended and will now conclude on 
    November 13, 2023.
    Authority and Signature
        Douglas L. Parker, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational 
    Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Labor, authorized the preparation 
    of this document pursuant to 29 U.S.C. 657; 5 U.S.C. 553; Secretary of 
    Labor's Order 8-2020, 85 FR 58393 (2020).
        Signed at Washington, DC.
    Douglas L. Parker,
    Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
    [FR Doc. 2023-22705 Filed 10-13-23; 8:45 am]
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