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Workplace Safety and the Flu
 
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Final Rule Withdrawn, Re: Signage standards revised

[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 213 (Monday, November 4, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 65932-65933]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-26337]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Parts 1910 and 1926

[Docket No. OSH-2013-0005]
RIN No. 1218-AC77

Updating OSHA Standards Based on National Consensus Standards; 
Signage

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

ACTION: Proposed rule; withdrawal.

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SUMMARY: With this notice, OSHA is withdrawing the proposed rule that 
accompanied its direct final rule revising its signage standards for 
general industry and construction.

DATES: Effective November 4, 2013, OSHA is withdrawing the proposed 
rule published June 13, 2013 (78 FR 35585).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
    General information and press inquiries: Contact Frank Meilinger, 
Director, OSHA Office of Communications, Room N-3647, U.S. Department 
of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: 
(202) 693-1999; email: meilinger.francis2@dol.gov.
    Technical information: Contact Ken Stevanus, Directorate of 
Standards and Guidance, Room N-3609, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 
200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 
693-2260; fax: (202) 693-1663; email: stevanus.ken@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Copies of this Federal Register notice: Electronic copies of this 
Federal Register notice are available at http://www.regulations.gov. 
This Federal Register notice, as well as news releases and other 
relevant information, also is available at OSHA's Web page at http://www.osha.gov.
    Withdrawal of the proposal: On June 13, 2013, OSHA published a 
companion proposed rule (NPRM) along with the direct final rule (DFR) 
(see 78 FR 35585) updating its signage standards for general industry 
and construction. In the DFR, OSHA stated that it would withdraw the 
companion NPRM and confirm the effective date of the DFR if it received 
no significant adverse comments to the DFR by the close of the comment 
period, July 15, 2013. OSHA received eight favorable and no adverse 
comments on the DFR by that date (see ID: OSHA-2013-0005-0008 thru -
0015 in the docket for this rulemaking). Accordingly, OSHA is 
withdrawing the proposed rule. In addition, OSHA is publishing two 
separate Federal Register notices, one confirming the effective date of 
the DFR, and the other making minor, nonsubstantive additions and 
corrections to 29 CFR 1910.6, 1926.6, and 1926.200(b) and (c).

List of Subjects in 29 CFR Parts 1910 and 1926

    Signage, Occupational safety and health, Safety.

Authority and Signature

    David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for 
Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210, authorized the 
preparation of this document. OSHA is issuing this document pursuant to 
29 U.S.C. 653, 655, and 657, 5 U.S.C. 553, Secretary of Labor's Order 
1-2012 (77 FR 3912), and 29 CFR part 1911.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on October 30, 2013.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2013-26337 Filed 11-1-13; 8:45 am]
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