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Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 29 USC 657; 29 USC 553

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1904.10; 29 CFR 1904.12; 29 CFR 1904.29(b)(7)(vi)

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule on Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements (66 FR 5916, January 19, 2001), scheduled to become effective on January 1, 2002. Following a careful review conducted pursuant to White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card's memorandum (66 FR 7702), the Agency has determined that all but two provisions of the final rule, regarding the recording of occupational hearing loss and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), would take effect as scheduled (66 FR 35113, July 3, 2001). The Agency issued a proposed rule on July 3, 2001, seeking comment on a delay of the two sections, and on the criteria that should be used for the recording of occupational hearing loss (RIN 1218-AC00). The record on this proposal closed on September 4, 2001. OSHA published a final rule delaying the effective dates for sections 1904.10, 1910.12 and a note to 1904.29(b)(7)(vi) until January 1, 2003. The same final rule provided interim guidance on recording hearing loss and MSD cases during 2002 (66 FR 52031, October 12, 2001).

OSHA is continuing to reconsider these two provisions for recording occupational hearing loss based on the occurrence of a Standard Threshold Shift (STS) in hearing acuity (section 1904.10), defining "musculoskeletal disorders" and checking the column on the OSHA 300 Log identifying a recordable case as an MSD (section 1904.12). OSHA will issue a subsequent final rule to deal with these injury and illness recording issues for the years 2003 and beyond.


Action Date FR Cite

NPRM Comment
  Period End
Final Action Delaying
  Effective Dates
Final Action


66 FR 35113

66 FR 52031
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State

Agency Contact: Steven F. Witt, Director, Directorate of Health Standards Programs, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Room N3718, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-1950

RIN: 1218-AC06

Department of Labor (DOL) Long-Term Actions
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Unified Agenda - Table of Contents

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