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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AA70 Publication ID: Spring 1997 
Title: Access and Egress in Shipyards (Part 1915, Subpart E) (Phase I) (Shipyards: Emergency Exits and Aisles) 
Abstract: In the 1980s, OSHA embarked on a project to update and consolidate the varying OSHA standards standards that were applied in the shipbuilding, shiprepair, and shipbreaking industry. A shipyard employer has been subject to both the "shipyard" standards nd OSHA's general industry standards. This has sometimes resulted in consistent, and sometimes contradictory, requirements for essentially the same operation. ^PPhase 1 of this project aimed at establishing a truly vertical standard for shipyard employment and addressed six subparts (Confined Spaces, Welding, Access/Egress, Personal Protective Equipment, Fall Protection and Scaffolding). Proposals on these hazards were issued in November 1988 (53 FR 48092). The remaining hazards were categorized as Phase II of the consolidation project (including general work practices and fire safety). This action is endorsed by the Shipyard Advisory Committee which was chartered in 1989 to update and consolidate existing shipyard standards. ^PThis particular standard will revise the existing shipyard employment standards covering access and egress and will consolidate all related and applicable 29 CFR part 1910 provisions into 29 CFR part 1915. The revision will develop, in part, performance-oriented standards, address current gaps in coverage, address new technology, and eliminate outmoded and redundant provisions. 75,000 workers are potentially exposed to these hazards annually. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1915.72    29 CFR 1915.74    29 CFR 1915.75    29 CFR 1915.76   
Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b)    33 USC 941   
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/29/1988  53 FR 48130   
NPRM Comment Period End  02/27/1989    
Final Action  09/00/1997    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Agency Contact:
John F. Martonik
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Room N3641, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2043
Fax:202 693-1641