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1999. IONIZING RADIATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b)

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.109

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: OSHA is considering amending 29 CFR 1910.1096 that addresses exposure to ionizing radiation. The OSHA regulations were published in 1974, with only minor revisions since that time. The Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission both have more extensive radiation standards that reflect new technological and safety advances. In addition, radiation is now used for a broader variety of purposes, including health care, food safety, mail processing, and baggage screening. OSHA is in the process of reviewing information about the issue, and will determine the appropriate course of action regarding this standard when the review is completed. A request for information was published on May 3, 2005. Subsequently, the National Academy of Science released the latest version of a significant report on the biological effects of ionizing radiation. OSHA extended the comment period on the request for information to ensure commenters had the opportunity to consider this new report. The next step for the ionizing radiation project is to hold discussions with key stakeholders. OSHA plans to hold a series of meetings targeted to specific stakeholder groups including state organizations with responsibility for worker exposure to ionizing radiation, professional associations and specific industry groups such as dental, medical and veterinary professionals. OSHA believes that these targeted meetings will be detailed technical discussions that will inform the Agency on current practices, the use radiation devices and approaches to protecting employees from exposure to ionizing radiation.

Timetable:

Action Date FR Cite

Request for Information (RFI) 05/03/05 70 FR 22828
Request for Information Comment Period End 08/01/05 70 FR 22828
Request for Information Comment Period Extended 11/28/05 70 FR 44074
Stakeholder Meetings 04/00/07  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Dorothy Dougherty, Acting Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room 3718, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-1950
Fax: 202 693-1678
Email: dougherty.dorothy@dol.gov

RIN: 1218-AC11



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


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