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Department of Labor (DOL) RIN: 1218-AC17
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


Title: Emergency Response and Preparedness

Abstract: Emergency responder health and safety is currently regulated primarily under the following standards: The fire brigade standard (29 CFR 1910.156); hazardous waste operations and emergency response (29 CFR 1910.120); the respiratory protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134); the permit-required confined space standard (29 CFR 1910.146); and the bloodborne pathogens standard (29 CFR 1910.1030). Some of these standards were promulgated decades ago and none were designed as comprehensive emergency response standards. Consequently, they do not address the full range of hazards or concerns currently facing emergency responders. Many do not reflect major changes in performance specifications for protective clothing and equipment. Current OSHA standards also do not reflect all the major developments in safety and health practices that have already been accepted by the emergency response community and incorporated into National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and American National Standards Institute consensus standards. OSHA will be collecting information to evaluate what action the agency should take.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL) Priority: Other Significant

RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage

Major: Undetermined Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910 (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations)

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b); 29 USC 657

Legal Deadline: None

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Request for Information 09/11/2007 72 FR 51735
Comment Period End 12/10/2007  
Record Closes 12/00/2007  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Federalism: Undetermined  

Energy Effects: No Included in the Regulatory Plan: No

Initial (Administrative Startup and /or Capital) Cost: $0 Yearly (Annual Operating) Cost: $0


Agency Contact: Dorothy Dougherty
Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW. FP Building Room N3718,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-1950
FAX: 202 693-1678
Email: dougherty.dorothy@dol.gov

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