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• Publication Date: 03/09/2010
• Publication Type: Proposed Rules
• Fed Register #: 75:10738-10739
• Title: Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements

[Federal Register: March 9, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 45)]
[Proposed Rules]               
[Page 10738-10739]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Part 1904

[Docket No. OSHA-2009-0044]
RIN 1218-AC45

 
Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting 
Requirements

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

ACTION: Extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: OSHA is extending the comment period on the proposed rule on 
Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements to 
March 30, 2010. The proposal would restore a column to the OSHA 300 Log 
that employers would use to record work-related musculoskeletal 
disorders (MSDs).

DATES: The comment period for the proposed rule published January 29, 
2010, at 75 FR 4728, is extended. Comments must be submitted 
(postmarked, sent or received) by March 30, 2010.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. OSHA-2009-
0044, by any one of the following methods:
    Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments 
electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking 
Portal. Follow the instructions on-line for making electronic 
submissions.
    Fax: If your comments, including attachments, do not exceed 10 
pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648.
    Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger or courier service: 
You must submit three copies of your comments and attachments to the 
OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2009-0044, U.S. Department of 
Labor, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; 
telephone (202) 693-2350 (OSHA's TTY number is (877) 889-5627). 
Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger and courier service) are 
accepted during the Department of Labor's and Docket Office's normal 
business hours, 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m., e.t.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the docket number 
(Docket No. OSHA-2009-0044) or RIN number (RIN 1218-AC45) for this 
rulemaking. Because of security-related procedures, submission by 
regular mail may result in significant delay. Please contact the OSHA 
Docket Office about security procedures for hand delivery, express 
delivery, messenger or courier.
    All comments, including any personal information you provide, are 
placed in the public docket without change and may be made available on 
http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions you about 
submitting personal information such as social security numbers and 
birthdates.
    Docket: To read or download submissions in response to the proposed 
rule, go to Docket No. OSHA-2009-0044 at http://www.regulations.gov. 
All 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 Web page. All submissions, 
including copyrighted material, are available for inspections and 
copying at the OSHA Docket Office.
    Electronic copies of this Federal Register document are available 
at http://www.regulations.gov. This document, as well as 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, 
Director, OSHA, Office of Communications, Room N-3647, U.S. Department 
of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone 
(202) 693-1999.
    For general and technical information: Jim Maddux, Acting Deputy 
Director, OSHA, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Room N-3718, 
U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 
20210; telephone (202) 693-1950.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 29, 2010, OSHA published a 
proposed rule to revise its regulation on Occupational Injury and 
Illness Recording and Reporting (Recordkeeping) (75 FR 4728). The 
proposal would restore a column to the OSHA 300 Log that employers 
would use to record work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The 
proposal set a March 16, 2010 deadline for submitting written comments.
    OSHA has received requests from several entities, including the 
Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, National 
Association of Home Builders, Associated Builders and Contractors, and 
IPC (Association Connecting Electronics Industries) to extend the 
comment period between 15 to 45 additional days. Their reasons for 
requesting an extension include the severe February snowstorms, which 
stakeholders said shut down or severely hampered access to their 
workplaces for more than a week, leaving them unable to access their 
offices or meet with their members. The requests also noted that while 
the proposed rule said OSHA was providing 60 days for public comment 
(75 FR 4739), the deadline in the DATES section only provided 45 days.
    OSHA has decided to extend the deadline for submitting comments to 
March 30, 2010, which provides stakeholders an additional 15 days, as 
IPC requested. The extension ensures that stakeholders will have had a 
full 60 days to submit comments, which OSHA believes is adequate for 
this limited rulemaking. The extension also ensures that stakeholders 
attending the public meeting on the proposed rule on March 9, 2010 have 
an opportunity to incorporate into their comments their views on relevant 
information presented at the meeting.

Authority and Signature

    This document was prepared under the direction of David Michaels, 
PhD, MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and 
Health. It is issued under the authority of Sections 8 and 24 of the 
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 657, 673), 5 
U.S.C. 553, and Secretary of Labor's Order No. 5-2007 (72 FR 31160).

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 4th of March 2010.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2010-4988 Filed 3-8-10; 8:45 am]
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