Federal Registers - Table of Contents
• Publication Date: 06/12/1991
• Publication Type: Final Rules
• Fed Register #: 56:26909
• Standard Number: 1910.1048
• Title: Extension of Administrative Stay for Final Rule on Occupational Exposure to Formaldehyde

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Part 1910

RIN 1218-AA 82

Occupational Exposure to Formaldehyde

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Extension of administrative stay.

SUMMARY: On December 4, 1987, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule in the Federal Register on occupational exposure to formaldehyde (29 CFR 1910.1048, 52 FR 46168). In response to numerous public comments which indicated confusion about the hazard warning provisions of the newly revised Formaldehyde Standard, on December 13, 1988, OSHA announced an administrative stay of paragraphs (m)(1)(i) through (m)(4)(ii) for a period of nine months. OSHA also announced its intention to revoke paragraphs (m)(1)(i) through (m)(4)(ii) and invite comments on replacing them with the Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) or another equally protective alternative which would be less confusing to the public (53 FR 50198).

The stay was subsequently extended (54 FR 35639, August 29, 1989; 55 FR 24070, June 13, 1990; 55 FR 32616, August 10, 1990; 55 FR 51698, December 17, 1990). OSHA is completing its re-evaluation of the need to stay these paragraphs. More time is needed to complete this evaluation. Consequently the stay is extended an additional 90 days so that OSHA may complete this process. While this stay is in effect, affected employers must continue to comply with the provisions of OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard.

EFFECTIVE DATE: The administrative stay of 29 CFR 1910.1048 (m)(1)(i) through (m)(4)(ii) will be effective until June 9, 1991.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. James Foster, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Office