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Department of Labor (DOL) RIN: 1218-AC11
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


Title: Ionizing Radiation

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 also held 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 continues to collect information on current practices, the use of radiation devices, and approaches to protecting employees from exposure to ionizing radiation.

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

RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions

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
Request for Information (RFI) 05/03/2005 70 FR 22828
Request for Information Comment Period End 08/01/2005 70 FR 22828
Request for Information Comment Period Extended 11/28/2005 70 FR 44074
Stakeholder Meetings 03/05/2007 72 FR 9716
Stakeholders Meeting 04/26/2007  
Next Action Undetermined To Be Determined  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

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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