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• Publication Date: 04/14/1995
• Publication Type: Final Rules
• Fed Register #: 60:18993-18994
• Standard Number: 1960
• Title: Basic Program Elements for Federal Employee Occupational Safety and Health Programs; Recordkeeping Requirements

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Part 1960

Basic Program Elements for Federal Employee Occupational Safety and Health Programs; Recordkeeping Requirements

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: OSHA is amending the recordkeeping requirements of its basic program element for Federal employee occupational safety and health programs. The changes hereby being made in 29 CFR part 1960 reflect the reporting requirements for private sector employers set forth at 29 CFR 1904.8.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This regulation is effective April 14, 1995.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John E. Plummer, Director, Office of Federal Agency Programs, Room N3112, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, D.C., 20210 (202-219-9329).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This modification to the requirements for reporting of fatalities and catastrophes occurring in Federal agencies set forth at 29 CFR 1960.70 is undertaken to make the reporting of such occurrences involving employees of the Federal government the same as those in private industry. The Federal workers should enjoy the same level of protection afforded an employee in the private sector. This change will ensure the reporting of these serious incidents in a timely manner and enable OSHA to respond more quickly and efficiently.

This revision is procedural in character, therefore, this rule is not classified as a "major rule" under Executive Order 12291 because it is not likely to result in (1) an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more; (2) a major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, Federal, State, or local government agencies, or geographic regions; or (3) significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or on the ability of the United States based enterprises to compete with foreign based enterprises in domestic or export markets. Accordingly, no regulatory impact analysis is required.

This regulation changes the reporting requirements for fatalities and catastrophes in the Federal sector to reflect the requirements in the private sector. It does not add additional burden for the agencies. Therefore, it is not necessary to publish it for notice and comment pursuant to 5. U.S.C. 553(b).

Under authority granted by the United States Code, Title 5, sections 553 and 7902; the Occupational Safety and Health Act, sections 19 and 24; and Executive Order 12196, the Secretary of Labor is authorized to make these procedural revisions to 29 CFR part 1960.

Authority: This document was prepared under the direction of Mr. Joseph A. Dear, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210.

Accordingly, pursuant to sections 19 and 24 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (84 Stat, 1609, 1614; 29 U.S.C. 668, 673), 5 U.S.C. 553, Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-90 (55 FR 9033), and Executive Order 12196, 29 CFR part 1960 is revised to make reporting requirements for fatalities and catastrophes in the Federal sector the same as those requirements in the private sector.

List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 1960

Government employees, Occupational safety and health, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements

Signed at Washington, DC, this 10th day of April 1995.

Joseph A. Dear,
Assistant Secretary.

For the reason set forth in the preamble, part 1960 of chapter XVII of title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended to read as follows:

PART 1960--BASIC PROGRAM ELEMENTS FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAMS

1. The authority citation for part 1960 is revised to read as follows:

Authority: Sections 19 and 24 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (84 Stat. 1609, 1614; 29 U.S.C. 668, 673), 5 U.S.C. 553, Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-90 (55 FR 9033), and Executive Order 12196.

2. Part 1960 of 29 CFR is amended by revising Sec. 1960.70 to read as follows:

1960.70 Reporting of serious accidents.

(a) Within 8 hours after the death of any employee from a work-related incident or the in-patient hospitalization of three or more employees as a result of a work-related incident, the Federal Agency head or his/her designee shall orally report the fatality/multiple hospitalization by telephone or in person to the Area Office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor, that is nearest to the site of the incident, or by using the OSHA toll-free central telephone number.

(b) This requirement applies to each such fatality or hospitalization of three or more employees which occurs within thirty (30) days of an incident.

(c) Exception: If the Federal Agency Head or designee does not learn of a reportable incident at the time it occurs and the incident would otherwise be reportable under paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section, the Federal Agency Head or designee shall make the report within 8 hours of the time the incident is reported to any agent or employee of the employer.

(d) Each report required by this section shall relate the following information: Establishment name; location of incident; time of the incident; number of fatalities or hospitalized employees; contact person; phone number; and a brief description of the incident.

(e) Agencies shall provide the Office of Federal Agency Programs with a summary report of each fatal and catastrophic accident investigation. The summaries shall address the date/time of accident, agency/establishment name and location, and consequences, description of operation and the accident, causal factors, applicable standards and their effectiveness, and agency corrective/preventive actions.

[FR Doc. 95-9278 Filed 4-13-95; 8:45 am]


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