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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AB52 Publication ID: Spring 1997 
Title: Permit Required Confined Spaces (General Industry: Preventing Suffocation/ Explosions in Confined Spaces) 
Abstract: OSHA issued a final standard on preventing suffocations/ explosions in confined spaces in general industry on January 14, 1993 (58 FR 4462). OSHA reached a settlement agreement with the United Steelworkers of America in June 1994. As part of this settlement agreement, OSHA issued a proposal on November 28, 1994 (59 FR 60735) proposing revisions to paragraph (k) of the existing rule, Rescue and Emergency Services, to clarify the standard. OSHA also proposed to allow more flexibility in the point of a retrieval line attachment. OSHA also asked whether the standard should have provisions to provide affected employees or their representatives with the opportunity to observe the evaluation of confined spaces, including atmospheric testing and to have access to evaluation results. Hearings were held September 27-28, 1995. The post hearing comment period ended on December 20, 1995. In February 1996, the record was closed. 
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 1910.146   
Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b)   
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/28/1994  59 FR 60735   
NPRM Comment Period End  02/27/1995    
Final Action  06/00/1997    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Agency Contact:
John F. Martonik
Evaluation
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
Email: john.martonik@osha.gov