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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AC43 Publication ID: Fall 2009 
Title: Occupational Exposure to Hexavalent Chromium; Final Rule Remand 
Abstract: On February 28, 2006, OSHA published a final rule for Occupational Exposure to Hexavalent Chromium (Cr(VI)) (29 CFR 1910.1026, 29 CFR 1915.1026, 29 CFR 1926.1126). Public Citizen Health Research Group (Public Citizen) and other parties petitioned for review of the standard in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The court denied the petitions for review on all but one issue. The Third Circuit remanded the employee notification requirements in the standardís exposure determination provisions for further consideration. More specifically, the court directed the Agency to provide an explanation for its decision to limit employee notice requirements to circumstances in which Cr(VI) exposures exceed the permissible exposure limit (PEL) or to take other appropriate action with respect to that paragraph of the standard. After carefully reviewing the rulemaking record on this issue, OSHA has decided to revise the notification requirements, by means of this direct final rule, to require employers to notify employees of the results of all exposure determinations, regardless of exposure level. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.1026(d)(4); 29 CFR 1915.1026(d)(4); 29 CFR 1926.1126(d)(4) 
Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b) 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Respond to Remand  09/30/2009   
NPRM  02/00/2010   
Direct Final Rule  02/00/2010   
Additional Information: This regulation was previously report as 1218-AB45. A NPRM was published 10/4/2004 (69 FR 53905), and a final was published 2/28/2006 (71 FR 10100).
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Local, State 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Previously reported as 1218-AB45 
Agency Contact:
Dorothy Dougherty
Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Room N-3718, FP Building, 200 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-1950
Fax:202 693-1678
Email: dougherty.dorothy@dol.gov

 
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