[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 4 (Tuesday, January 7, 2014)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-00010]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
29 CFR Part 1904
[Docket No. OSHA-2013-0023]
Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period.
SUMMARY: OSHA is extending the comment period on the proposed rule
entitled, "Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,"
which would amend the recordkeeping regulations to add requirements for
the electronic submission of injury and illness records employers are
already required to keep under OSHA's regulations for recording and
reporting occupational injuries and illnesses.
DATES: The comment period for the proposed rule published November 8,
2013, at 78 FR 67254, is extended. Comments must be submitted
(postmarked, sent or received) by March 8, 2014.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. OSHA-2013-
0023, 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
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-2013-0023, 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 submission must include the docket number (Docket
No. OSHA-2013-0023) or RIN number (RIN 1218-AC49) 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
Docket: To read or download submissions in response to the proposed
rule, go to Docket No. OSHA-2013-0023 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
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Press inquiries: 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; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general and technical information: Miriam Schoenbaum, OSHA
Office of Statistical Analysis, Room N-3507, U.S. Department of Labor,
200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-
1841; email: email@example.com.
On November 8, 2013, OSHA published a proposed rule to revise its
regulation on Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting
(Recordkeeping) (78 FR 67254). The proposal would amend the
recordkeeping regulations to add requirements for the electronic
submission of injury and illness information employers are already
required to keep under OSHA's regulations for recording and reporting
occupational injuries and illnesses. The proposal set a February 6,
2014 deadline for submitting written comments.
OSHA has received a request from the National Association of Home
Builders (NAHB) to extend the comment period an additional 90 days.
NAHB's reasons for requesting an extension include the overlap with the
proposed crystalline silica rulemaking, which will also affect the
construction industry. Further, the request stated that informing home
builders and coordinating their responses will take time and effort
beyond the 90 days provided.
OSHA has decided to extend the deadline for submitting comments to
March 8, 2014, which provides stakeholders an additional 30 days. The
extension ensures that stakeholders will have a full 120 days to submit
comments, which OSHA believes is adequate for this limited rulemaking.
The extension also ensures that stakeholders who attend the January 9,
2014, public meeting on the proposed rule will 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,
Ph.D., 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. 41-2012 (77 FR 3912).
Signed at Washington, DC, on January 2, 2014.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2014-00010 Filed 1-6-14; 8:45 am]
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