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• Publication Date: 09/19/2008
• Publication Type: Proposed Rules
• Fed Register #: 73:54340
• Standard Number: 1910; 1915
• Title: General Working Conditions in Shipyard Employment; Notice of Informal Public Hearing

[Federal Register: September 19, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 183)]
[Proposed Rules]               
[Page 54340]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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Proposed Rules
                                                Federal Register
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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Parts 1910 and 1915

[Docket No. OSHA-S049-2006-0675 (formerly OSHA Docket No. S-049)]
RIN 1218-AB50

 
General Working Conditions in Shipyard Employment; Notice of 
Informal Public Hearing

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

ACTION: Proposed rule; notice of informal public hearings.

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SUMMARY: OSHA is announcing that the informal public hearing on the 
proposed rule on general working conditions in shipyard employment in 
Seattle, WA, will be held at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel.

DATES: OSHA will hold an informal public hearing in Seattle, WA, 
beginning at 9:30 a.m., October 21-22, 2008. If necessary, the hearing 
will continue on subsequent days at the same time and location.

ADDRESSES: The hearing will be held at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, 
515 Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98104.
    Docket: To read or download background documents as well as 
comments and materials submitted in response to the proposed rule or at 
the informal public hearing in Washington, DC, go to Docket No. OSHA-
S049-2006-0675 at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal.
    All materials and submissions in the docket 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 the Web page. All materials and submissions are available for 
public inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office, Room N-2625, 
U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC; 
telephone (202) 693-2350. For information on reading or downloading 
materials in the docket and obtaining materials not available through 
the Web page, please contact the OSHA Docket Office during the 
Department of Labor's and OSHA Docket Office's normal business hours, 
8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., e.t.
    Electronic copies of this Federal Register notice and the proposed 
rule are available at http://www.regulations.gov. This notice, the 
proposed rule, news releases, and other relevant information also are 
available at OSHA's Web page at http://www.osha.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
    Press inquiries: Jennifer Ashley, Office of Communications, U.S. 
Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 
Room N-3647, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; 
telephone (202) 693-1999.
    Technical information: Joseph Daddura, Director, Office of Maritime 
within the Directorate of Standards and Guidance, U.S. Department of 
Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Room N-3609, 200 
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-
2086.
    Hearings: Ms. Veneta Chatmon, Office of Communications, U.S. 
Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 
Room N-3647, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; 
telephone (202) 693-1999; e-mail chatmon.veneta@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    OSHA will hold an informal public hearing on the proposed rule on 
general working conditions in shipyard employment on October 21-22, 
2008, at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA. If necessary, the 
hearing will continue on subsequent days at the same time and location.
    On December 20, 2007, OSHA published a proposed rule to update and 
revise the standards on general working conditions in shipyard 
employment (72 FR 72451). OSHA invited written comments and requests 
for hearings on the proposed rule. The deadline for submitting comments 
and hearing requests was March 19, 2008. OSHA received several hearing 
requests and published a Federal Register notice scheduling informal 
public hearings beginning September 9, 2008, in Washington, DC, and 
October 21, 2008, in Seattle, WA (73 FR 36823 (6/30/2008)). At that 
time, OSHA had not finalized the location of the hearing in Seattle, 
WA, and this notice announces that location.
    Persons interested in participating at either hearing were required 
to file a notice of intention to appear by July 18, 2008, and, to 
submit advance written testimony by August 8, 2008, if they were 
requesting to testify for longer than 10 minutes. They do not need to 
resubmit. OSHA is not accepting additional requests to participate at 
the hearing in Seattle, WA.
    OSHA emphasizes that hearings on proposed rules are open to the 
public; however, only individuals who have filed a timely notice of 
intention to appear may question witnesses and participate fully at the 
hearing. If time permits, and at the discretion of the administrative 
law judge presiding at the hearing, an individual who did not file a 
notice of intention to appear may be allowed to a present brief oral 
statement not exceeding 10 minutes at the end of the hearing.

Authority and Signature

    Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational 
Safety and Health, directed the preparation of this notice under the 
authority granted by Section 6(b) of the Occupational Safety and Health 
Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 655), Secretary of Labor's Order 5-2007 (72 FR 
31160), and 29 CFR part 1911.

    Signed at Washington, DC on this 15th day of September 2008.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. E8-21931 Filed 9-18-08; 8:45 am]

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