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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AB51 Publication ID: Spring 2002 
Title: Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment (Part 1915, Subpart P) (Shipyards: Fire Safety) 
Abstract: This proposal is being developed through the negotiated rulemaking process. The rule will update and revise an important but outdated part of OSHA?s shipyard rules. The original rule was adopted by OSHA in 1971 and has remained unchanged since then. The negotiated rulemaking committee was convened on October 15, 1996; members of the committee include: OSHA, state government, Federal agency, small and large shipyard employers, and maritime and firefighter union representatives. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1915, subpart P     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 29 USC 655   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need: Fires in the shipyard environment claim the lives of several workers every year and thus account for a substantial number of deaths and more than 50 serious burns occurring in this 100,000-employee workforce. Updating OSHA?s outdated shipyard requirements for fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, detection systems, alarm systems, and fire brigades will facilitate compliance by employers and employees and reduce these fire-related injuries and fatalities.

Summary of the Legal Basis: The legal basis for this proposed rule is a preliminary determination that an unacceptable risk of fire-related injuries and fatalities exists in the shipyard industry.

Alternatives: OSHA has considered but rejected the alternative of allowing the existing rule to remain in place, because the Agency believes that doing so would contribute to the unacceptable number of fire-related accidents occurring in shipyards every year.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: Detailed cost and benefits estimates have not yet been made for the rule, because it is still in draft form.

Risks: A detailed risk analysis has not yet been completed for this rule.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/00/2002    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
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