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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AB37 Publication ID: Spring 2002 
Title: Indoor Air Quality in the Workplace 
Abstract: The health of American workers may be affected by indoor air pollution in the workplace. After reviewing and analyzing available information, OSHA published a proposed indoor air quality rule on April 5, 1994. The proposal would require employers to write and implement indoor air quality compliance plans that would include inspection and maintenance of current building ventilation systems to ensure they are functioning as designed. In buildings where smoking is allowed, the proposal would require designated smoking areas that would be separate, enclosed rooms where the air would be exhausted directly to the outside. Other proposed provisions would require employers to maintain healthy air quality during renovation, remodeling, and similar activities. As proposed, the provisions for indoor air quality would apply to 70 million workers and more than 4.5 million nonindustrial indoor work environments, including schools and training centers, offices, commercial establishments, health care facilities, cafeterias and factory break rooms. The proposed environmental tobacco smoke provisions would apply to all 6 million industrial and nonindustrial work environments under OSHA's jurisdiction. On December 17, 2001, OSHA withdrew its Indoor Air Quality proposal and terminated the rulemaking proceeding (66 FR 64946). In the years since the proposal was issued in 1994 a great many state and local governments and private employers have taken action to curtail smoking in public areas and in workplaces. In addition, the portion of the proposal not related to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) received little attention during the rulemaking proceedings and the record evidence supporting the non-ETS portion of the proposal is sparse. The Agency found that withdrawal of the proposal would allow it to devote its resources to other projects. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910    29 CFR 1915    29 CFR 1926    29 CFR 1928   
Legal Authority: 29 USC 655   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Request for Information  09/20/1991  56 FR 47892   
NPRM  04/05/1994  59 FR 15968   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/13/1994  59 FR 30560   
Record Closed  02/09/1996    
Withdrawn  12/17/2001  66 FR 64946   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: State 
Federalism: Yes 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Agency Contact:
Steven F. Witt
Director, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs
Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-3700, FP Building,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2200
Fax:202 693-1671