Sept. 6, 2007
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Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced in the Aug. 31 Federal Register that it will hold an informal public hearing regarding OSHA's plan to update its personal protective equipment (PPE) design standards. The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Dec. 4, 2007, at the Department of Labor's Frances Perkins Building in Washington, D.C.
"OSHA is working to modernize its standards by updating references to outdated consensus standards," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "Holding this hearing will allow interested parties the opportunity to provide direct input on these important changes."
OSHA is proposing to revise the PPE sections of its general industry, shipyard employment, longshoring and marine terminals standards regarding the use of eye and face protective devices and head and foot protection. A notice of proposed rulemaking was published in the May 17, 2007, Federal Register and the public was given until July 16, 2007, to submit comments.
Those who intend to present testimony at the hearing must notify OSHA in writing of their intention to do so no later than October 1, 2007. Parties who request more than 10 minutes for their presentations at the hearing and those who will present documentary evidence must submit the full text of their testimony and all documentary evidence no later than November 1, 2007.
Interested parties may submit notices of intention to appear, hearing testimony and documentary evidence electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the federal eRulemaking Portal; send three copies to the OSHA Docket Office, Room N-2625, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, DC, 20210; telephone (202) 693-2350; or if the written submission is ten pages or less, FAX to (202) 693-1648. Submissions must include the agency name and the docket number (OSHA-2007-0044) or Regulatory Information Number (1218-AC08) for this hearing. See the Federal Register notice for more information on submitting comments.
For more information, contact Ted Twardowski, Office of Systems Safety, Room N-3609, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20210, telephone (202) 693-2070.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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