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2179. PLAIN LANGUAGE REVISION OF EXISTING STANDARDS

Priority: Other Significant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b); 5 USC 553

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.107; 29 CFR 1910.94(c); 29 CFR 1910.94(d); 29 CFR 1910.35; 29 CFR 1910.36; 29 CFR 1910.37; 29 CFR 1910.38

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted its initial package of workplace safety and health standards in the 1970's. Many of these standards have been identified by the regulated community as being overly complex, difficult to read and follow, and out of date with current technology.

OSHA is initiating separate rulemakings to revise three of the agency's most complex and out-of-date standards. The purpose of these rulemakings is to simplify and clarify these standards and to write them in "plain language," as directed by the President's report and the June 1998 Executive Memorandum on Plain Language. The first of these rulemakings, involving the Standard on Dipping and Coating Operations, was completed in March, 1999. The other two rulemakings address OSHA's Standards on Means of Egress and Spray Finishing Using Flammable and Combustible Liquids, which formerly appeared together in the Agenda under RIN 1218-AB55, have been separated in this agenda and appear under RIN 1218-AB82 (Exit Routes) and RIN 1218-AB84, Spray Applications.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite

NPRM Exit Routes (Means of Egress) 09/10/9661 FR 47712
Hearing on Exit Routes04/29/97 62 FR 9402
Final Action on Dipping and Coating Operations03/23/9964 FR 13897
Final Action Effective Dipping and Coating Operations04/22/99 
Withdrawn08/30/99 

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Marthe B. Kent, Acting Director, Directorate of Health Standards Programs, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Room N3605, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-2222
Fax: 202 693-1678

RIN: 1218-AB55


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