OSHA Withdraws Dated Guidelines for Lasers by ProQuest


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									   The guidance document is available at Docket Number OSHA-2008-0046,                             RULEMAKING ACTIVITIES
www.osha.gov/Publications/3352-APF       which is available at www.regulations                     OSHA Withdraws Dated
-respirators.pdf.                        .gov. The panel’s final report will be
                                         added to the docket as well.
                                                                                                   Guidelines for Lasers
                                                                                                   OSHA has cancelled its laser safety
OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS                                                                               guidelines, STD 01-05-001, which were
OSHA Convenes                               AIR QUALITY                                            issued in 1991, because more up-to-date
Rulemaking Panel                            EPA Reconsidering Three                                information is available from ANSI.
on Diacetyl Exposure                        New Source Review Rules                                ANSI Z136.1 is already referenced in
On May 5, OSHA convened a Small             EPA intends to reconsider portions of                  chapter 6 of OSHA Technical Manual
Business Regulatory Enforcement             three rules under its New Source Review                TED 01-00-015. The ANSI standard estab-
Fairness Act panel on a draft proposed      (NSR) permitting program. The rules                    lishes guidance for exposure limits, user
rule on occupational exposure to            under review determine when and how                    training, engineering and administrative
diacetyl and food flavorings containing     facilities are required to: account for air            controls, signage, laser hazard classifica-
diacetyl. The panel reviewed the draft      emissions that are not released through a              tions, and the roles of management and
proposed rule and supporting economic       stack, vent or other confined air stream;              laser safety officers. According to OSHA,
analyses, appointed small entity repre-     keep records on emissions; and account                 the ANSI standard is widely used and
sentatives (SER) to provide comments        for air emissions associated with fine par-            recognized throughout the industry.
and will prepare a report on the SER’s      ticle pollution when obtaining a permit.               TRANSPORTATION SAFETY
comments and recommendations.               These reconsiderations are the most recent
                                            in a series of actions EPA has taken to
                                                                                                   Record Low Traffic
   DOL Secretary Hilda Solis recently
withdrew OSHA’s advance notice of           ensure that the NSR program protects                   Deaths, Seatbelt Use Up
proposed rulemaking on diacetyl to          clean air.                                             The number of traffic deaths on U.S.
facilitate timely development of a stan-       According to the agency, it is recon-               roads last year reached a record low,
dard to protect workers from bronchioli-    sidering these rules to ensure that the                while seatbbelt use continued to climb, as
tis obliterans, a serious and potentially   public has an opportunity to fully                     National Highway Traffic Safety Admini-
fatal lung disease asso
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