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1871. SIGNS, SIGNALS, AND BARRICADES

Priority:
Other Significant

Legal Authority: 29 USC 651(b); 29 USC 655(b); 40 USC 333

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1926

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Subpart G of 29 CFR part 1926 addresses the types of signs, signals and barricades that must be used in situations such as work areas on highways. OSHA's rule incorporates a 1971 ANSI standard, known as the MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices). Since the early 1970s, the U.S. Department of Transportation has drafted updates to the MUTCD. DOT requires all States to comply with its updates. Several years ago, industry stakeholders asked OSHA to update its standard to reflect new technology and provide more flexibility for compliance.

On April 15, 2002, OSHA issued a Direct Final Rule and a companion proposed rule to update its standard since it anticipated widespread support for and few objections to the change. The Agency Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health endorsed using a Direct Final Rule to make this change in its Winter 2000 meeting. However, on July 15, 2002, OSHA withdrew the direct final rule because two comments were received that the Agency treated as significant adverse comments. OSHA is now preparing a final rule that will address those comments.

Timetable:

Action Date FR Cite

Direct Final Rule 04/15/02 67 FR 18091
Final Rule 09/12/02 67 FR 57722
Final Rule Effective 12/11/02

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Russell B. Swanson, Director, Directorate of Construction, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Room N3468, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-2020
Fax: 202 693-1689
Email: bswanson@dol.gov

RIN: 1218-AB88




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