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1981. CONTROL OF HAZARDOUS ENERGY SOURCES (LOCKOUT/TAGOUT) (COMPLETION OF A SECTION 610 REVIEW)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b); 5 USC 553; 5 USC 610

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.147

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: As required by section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act and section 5 of Executive Order 12866, OSHA has reviewed the Agency's standard for the protection of employees from exposure to lockout/ tagout hazards, 29 CFR 1910.147, to determine whether the rule should be continued without change or should be amended or rescinded, consistent with the objectives of the rule and of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, to minimize any significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. After a thorough review of the Agency's experience in enforcing this standard, the available literature, and comments received in connection with this review, OSHA has determined that there is a continued need for the rule, that the rule does not appear to overlap, duplicate, or conflict with other Federal rules or with other State and local rules, and that no technological, economic or other factors have arisen since the rule was published that would necessitate amendment or rescission of the rule at this time. OSHA has also concluded that no change that is consistent with the objectives of the OSH Act can be made to the rule that will further minimize any significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. Data submitted to the docket in connection with this Lookback Review demonstrate that the rule has decreased lockout-related fatalities in certain industries by 20 percent or more each year since promulgation of the standard. To respond to comments received during this review of the standard, OSHA will revise the compliance directive for this standard, review the Agency's interpretive guidance pertaining to this rule, and develop and disseminate training and other compliance assistance materials to assist employers in complying with the rule. The final report summarizing the results of this Lookback Review has been placed in Docket S-012-B.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite

Begin Review 10/01/96 
Publish Report 01/30/00  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Marthe B. Kent, Director, Directorate of Safety Standards Programs, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Room N3609, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-1950
Fax: 202 693-1678

RIN: 1218-AB59


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