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Department of Labor (DOL) RIN: 1218-AA56
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


Title: Longshoring and Marine Terminals (Parts 1917 and 1918)--Reopening of the Record (Vertical Tandem Lifts (VTLs))

Abstract: OSHA issued a final rule on Longshoring on July 25, 1997 (62 FR 40142). However, in that rule, the Agency reserved provisions related to vertical tandem lifts. Vertical tandem lifts (VTLs) involve the lifting of two or more empty intermodal containers, secured together with twist locks, at the same time. OSHA has continued to work with national and international organizations to gather additional information on the safety of VTLs. The Agency has published an NPRM to address safety issues related to VTLs. The extended comment period concluded February 13, 2004, and an informal public hearing was held on July 29 to 30, 2004. The rulemaking record was open through November 30, 2004. Subsequently, new information was submitted to the docket. The Administrative Law Judge gave hearing participants 45 days to review this information and comment on it. Comments were due June 27, 2005. The Agency is analyzing the information and comments received to prepare the final action.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL) Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

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

Major: Undetermined Unfunded Mandates: No

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1918.11; 29 CFR 1918.85

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b); 33 USC 941

Legal Deadline: None

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM 06/06/1994 59 FR 28594
NPRM Comment Period End 09/23/1994  
Final Rule on Longshoring/Marine 07/25/1997 62 FR 40142
Public Meeting on VTLs - 1/27/1998 10/09/1997 62 FR 52671
Second NPRM 09/16/2003 62 FR 52671
NPRM Comment Period End 2/13/04 12/10/2003 68 FR 68804
Public Hearing 07/29/2004 69 FR 19361
Final Action 12/00/2007  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No Government Levels Affected: None

Federalism: No  

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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