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Department of Labor (DOL) RIN: 1218-AC09
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


Title: Explosives

Abstract: OSHA is amending 29 CFR 1910.109 that addresses explosives and blasting agents. These OSHA regulations were published in 1974, and many of the provisions do not reflect technological and safety advances made by the industry since that time. Additionally, the standard contains outdated references and classifications. Two trade associations representing many of the employers subject to this rule have petitioned the Agency to consider revising it, and have recommended changes they believe address the concerns they are raising. Initially, OSHA planned to revise the pyrotechnics requirements in this NPRM. However, based on our work to date, it appears appropriate to reserve action on these requirements for a second phase of rulemaking. The agency therefore plans to propose revisions to 29 CFR 1910.109 without any changes to the existing pyrotechnics requirements, and at a future date will develop a proposed rule for pyrotechnics revision. OSHA published a proposed rule on April 13, 2007, and is planning to publish a revised proposed rule to further clarify certain aspects of the proposal.

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

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

Major: No Unfunded Mandates: No

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.109

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b)

Legal Deadline: None

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM 04/13/2007 72 FR 18791
NPRM Comment Period Extended to September 10, 2007 07/09/2007 72 FR 37155
NPRM Comment Period End 07/12/2007  
NPRM Close Comment Period 07/17/2007 72 FR 39041
Analyze Record 12/00/2007  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Small Entities Affected: No 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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