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• Publication Date: 03/08/2012
• Publication Type: Final Rules
• Fed Register #: 77: 13969-13970
• Standard Number: 1910; 1910.253; 1911
• Title: Revising Standards Referenced in the Acetylene Standard

[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 46 (Thursday, March 8, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 13969-13970]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-5589]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Part 1910

[Docket No. OSHA-2011-0183]
RIN 1218-AC64


Revising Standards Referenced in the Acetylene Standard

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

ACTION: Final rule; confirmation of effective date.

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SUMMARY: OSHA is confirming the effective date of its direct final rule 
that revises the Acetylene Standard for general industry by updating 
the reference to a standard published by a standards-developing 
organization, the Compressed Gas Association. In the December 5, 2011, 
direct final rule, OSHA stated that it would withdraw the companion 
proposed rule and confirm the effective date of the direct final rule 
if the Agency received no significant adverse comments. OSHA did not 
receive significant adverse comments on the direct final rule. 
Therefore, OSHA is confirming that the direct final rule will become 
effective on March 5, 2012.

DATES: The direct final rule published on December 5, 2011 (76 FR 
75782), is effective on March 5, 2012. For the purposes of judicial 
review, OSHA considers March 5, 2012, as the date of issuance.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: General information and press 
inquiries: Contact Frank Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office of 
Communications, Room N-3647, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-1999.
    Technical information: Contact Ken Stevanus, Directorate of 
Standards and Guidance, Room N-3609, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 
200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 
693-2260; fax: (202) 693-1663.
    Copies of this Federal Register notice. Electronic copies of this 
Federal Register notice are available at http://www.regulations.gov. 
This Federal Register notice, as well as news releases and other 
relevant information, also is available at OSHA's Web page at http://www.osha.gov.

ADDRESSES: In compliance with 28 U.S.C. 2112(a), OSHA designates the 
Associate Solicitor of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health as the 
recipient of petitions for review of the final standard. Contact Joseph 
M. Woodward, Associate Solicitor at the Office of the Solicitor, Room 
S-4004, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-5445.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 5, 2011, OSHA published a direct 
final rule (DFR) in the Federal Register that revised the Acetylene 
Standard for general industry by updating a reference to the Compressed 
Gas Association (GGA) acetylene standard (see 76 FR 75782). In the DFR, 
OSHA deleted reference to CGA G-1-2003 and replaced it with CGA G-1-
2009. In that Federal Register document, OSHA also stated that it would 
confirm the effective date of the DFR if the Agency received no 
significant adverse comments.
    OSHA received one comment on the DFR, which it determined was not a 
significant adverse comment. The commenter observed differences between 
provisions of the most recent Compressed Gas Association acetylene 
standard (CGA G-1-2009) and provisions of OSHA's oxygen-fuel gas
welding and cutting standard at 29 CFR 1910.253. After describing the 
differences, the commenter stated that "the rulemaking process should 
include an assessment of how other existing OSHA Rules may be affected 
by the new or amended rule." However, the commenter did not object to 
the revised provisions adopted by the CGA G-1-2009 standard that are 
the subject of this rulemaking. Therefore, the Agency determined that 
this comment was neither significant nor adverse.

List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 1910

    Acetylene, General industry, Occupational safety and health, 
Safety.

Authority and Signature

    David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for 
Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210, authorized the 
preparation of this final rule. OSHA is issuing this final rule 
pursuant to Sections 4, 6, and 8 of the Occupational Safety and Health 
Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 653, 655, and 657), 5 U.S.C. 553, Secretary of 
Labor's Order 1-2012 (77 FR 3912), and 29 CFR part 1911.

    Signed at Washington, DC on March 2, 2012.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2012-5589 Filed 3-7-12; 8:45 am]
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