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1647. INDOOR AIR QUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE

Priority: Economically Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910; 29 CFR 1915; 29 CFR 1926; 29 CFR 1928

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The health of American workers may be affected by indoor air pollution in the workplace. After reviewing and analyzing available information, OSHA published a proposed indoor air quality rule on April 5, 1994. The proposal would require employers to write and implement indoor air quality compliance plans that would include inspection and maintenance of current building ventilation systems to ensure they are functioning as designed. In buildings where smoking is allowed, the proposal would require designated smoking areas that would be separate, enclosed rooms where the air would be exhausted directly to the outside. Other proposed provisions would require employers to maintain healthy air quality during renovation, remodeling, and similar activities. As proposed, the provisions for indoor air quality would apply to 70 million workers and more than 4.5 million nonindustrial indoor work environments, including schools and training centers, offices, commercial establishments, health care facilities, cafeterias and factory break rooms. The proposed environmental tobacco smoke provisions would apply to all 6 million industrial and nonindustrial work environments under OSHA's jurisdiction.

On December 17, 2001, OSHA withdrew its Indoor Air Quality proposal and terminated the rulemaking proceeding (66 FR 64946). In the years since the proposal was issued in 1994 a great many state and local governments and private employers have taken action to curtail smoking in public areas and in workplaces. In addition, the portion of the proposal not related to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) received little attention during the rulemaking proceedings and the record evidence supporting the non-ETS portion of the proposal is sparse. The Agency found that withdrawal of the proposal would allow it to devote its resources to other projects.

Timetable:

Action Date FR Cite

Request for Information
NPRM
NPRM Comment Period End
Record Closed
Withdrawn
09/20/91
04/05/94
08/13/94
02/09/96
12/17/01
56 FR 47892
59 FR 15968
59 FR 30560

66 FR 64946
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: State

Federalism: This action may have federalism implications as defined in EO 13132.

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
Fax: 202 693-1678

RIN: 1218-AB37


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