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Department of Labor (DOL) RIN: 1218-AC30
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


Title: • South Carolina State Plan -- Revision of State Health Compliance Staffing Benchmarks

Abstract: OSHA will issue a direct final rule revising South Carolinas State health compliance staffing benchmark under section 18 of the OSH Act. This action would revise the compliance staffing benchmarks applicable to the South Carolina State plan, which were originally established in 1980 in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals decision in AFL-CIO v. Marshall, 570 F. 2d 1030 (D.C. Cir., 1978) and subsequently revised in 1986. South Carolinas current staffing benchmarks are 17 safety inspectors and 12 health compliance personnel. South Carolina has proposed to reduce its health compliance staffing benchmarks from 12 to 10 health compliance personnel, utilizing a formula and providing documentation in accordance with established procedures. The States safety compliance staffing benchmarks of 17 safety inspectors would remain the same. This direct final rule will become effective 60 days after publication unless significant adverse comment is received within 30 days. If OSHA receives significant adverse comment, it will publish a timely withdrawal of this rule and determine based on the comments submitted to the record, whether to issue a proposed rule in the future. The South Carolina State plan was initially approved on November 30, 1972, received final approval on December 15, 1987 and is administered by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (SCDLLR). In accordance with the Court order, States are required to maintain compliance staffing levels as established in their approved safety and health compliance staffing benchmarks as a condition of their final State plan approval status.

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

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

Major: No Unfunded Mandates: No

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1952 (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations)

Legal Authority: 29 USC 667

Legal Deadline: None

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Direct Final Rule 01/00/2008  
Direct Final Rule Comment Period End 02/00/2008  
Final Action 03/00/2008  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No Government Levels Affected: State

Federalism: No  

Included in the Regulatory Plan: No  

RIN Information URL: osha.gov click on State Programs

Public Comment URL: dockets.osha.gov

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


Agency Contact: Paula O. White
Director, Cooperative and State Programs
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Room N3700, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-2200
FAX: 202 693-1671
Email:white.paula@dol.gov

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