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Priority: Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is undetermined.

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1915 subpart P

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposal is being developed through the negotiated rulemaking process. The rule will update and revise an important but outdated part of OSHA's shipyard rules. The original rule was adopted by OSHA in 1971 and has remained unchanged since then. The negotiated rulemaking committee was convened on October 15, 1996; members of the committee include: OSHA, state government, Federal agency, small and large shipyard employers, and maritime and firefighter union representatives.

Statement of Need: Fires in the shipyard environment claim the lives of several workers every year and thus account for a substantial number ofdeaths and more than 50 serious burns occurring in this 100,000-employee workforce. Updating OSHA's outdated shipyard requirements for fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, detection systems, alarm systems, and fire brigades will facilitate compliance by employers and employees and reduce these fire-related injuries and fatalities.

Summary of Legal Basis: The legal basis for this proposed rule is a preliminary determination that an unacceptable risk of fire-related injuries and fatalities exists in the shipyard industry.

Alternatives: OSHA has considered but rejected the alternative of allowing the existing rule to remain in place, because the Agency believes that doing so would contribute to the unacceptable number of fire-related accidents occurring in shipyards every year.

Anticipated Cost and Benefits: Detailed cost and benefits estimates have not yet been made for the rule, because it is still in draft form.

Risks: A detailed risk analysis has not yet been completed for this rule.


Action Date FR Cite

NPRM 09/00/02  
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Steven F. Witt, Acting 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-AB51

Unified Agenda - Table of Contents

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