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2123. COMMERCIAL DIVING OPERATIONS: REVISION

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant.

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.423

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: OSHA's Commercial Diving Operations standard (29 CFR 1910.401 to 1910.441) was published in 1977. In the intervening years, major changes in the technology of diving systems and equipment have occurred. In December 1999, OSHA granted a permanent variance to Dixie Divers, Inc. permitting recreational diving instructors employed by that company to comply with the provisions of the variance rather than with paragraphs (b)(2) and (c)(3)(iii) of 1910.423 and paragraph (b)(1) of 1910.426. Since OSHA granted the variance, other employers of recreational diving instructors have asked OSHA to clarify the applicability of the variance to their operations. OSHA intends to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking to obtain data on the appropriateness of amending the commercial diving operations standard to reflect the alternative specified in the permanent variance granted to Dixie Divers, Inc.

Timetable:

Action Date FR Cite

NPRM 10/00/02  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: 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 N3605, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-2222
Fax: 202 693-1663

RIN: 1218-AB97


Department of Labor (DOL) Completed Actions
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

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