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TRADE NEWS RELEASE
September 24, 2002
Contact: Lydia Kleiner
Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will publish a revised rule in tomorrow's Federal Register streamlining the process for state submission and federal approval of changes to state occupational safety and health plans, including legislation and standards. The revised regulation was developed through a joint federal/state plan process, which included discussions at meetings of the Occupational Safety and Health State Plan Association. OSHA published its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on November 6, 2001.
Reduced paperwork is one of the key features of this new regulation. OSHA would require states to submit written supplements only when the state change is different from the federal program. Other procedural changes include: streamlining the federal review and approval of plan supplements, and seeking public comment if a state plan change differs significantly from the comparable federal program component. Federal Register approval notices will be published only for different plan changes. The final rule revises 29 CFR Part 1953 by reorganizing the regulation to eliminate repetitive language as well as streamlining the process for changes
The regulatory change also includes an explicit statement of OSHA's longstanding statutory interpretation that states may modify their state plans by adopting and implementing new legislation, regulations, standards policies or procedures, under state law, prior to federal review and approval.
The regulation primarily affects internal OSHA operations and those of states with OSHA-approved plans. There are now twenty-six approved state plans. Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming have plans covering private and public sector employment. Connecticut, New Jersey and New York have State plans covering only the public sector.
Notice of the revision is scheduled to be published in the Sept. 25, 2002 Federal Register.
The text of this news release is on the World Wide Web at www.osha.gov. Information on this news release will be made available to sensory-impaired individuals upon request. Phone: (202) 693-1999.
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