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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AB91 Publication ID: Spring 2002 
Title: Changes to State Plans 
Abstract: Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the Act), 29 U.S.C. 667, provides that States that wish to assume responsibility for developing and enforcing their own occupational safety and health standards relating to any occupational safety or health issue may do so by submitting and obtaining Federal approval of a State plan. A State plan consists of the laws, standards and other regulations, and procedures under which the State operates its occupational safety and health program. From time to time after initial plan approval, States may make changes to their plans as a result of legislative, regulatory or administrative actions. If the State makes a change to its plan which differs from the Federal program, the State must notify OSHA of the change to its plan which differs from the Federal program (referred to as a plan supplement). OSHA then reviews the changes; if they meet the approval criteria OSHA publishes a notice announcing the approval of the change; if the change does not meet the criteria OSHA initiates procedures to reject the change. OSHA is proposing to amend its regulations regarding State plan changes to streamline the review and approval process and to allow more organizational flexibility in this process. Changes which are identical to components of the Federal program would not require formal review. The proposal also would reorganize 29 CFR part 1953 to eliminate repetitive language. Cross references to part 1953 in the CFR would be changed as necessary to reflect the correct references. 
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 1953   
Legal Authority: 29 USC 667   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/06/2001  66 FR 56043   
NPRM Comment Period End and Request for Hearings  01/07/2002    
Final Rule  06/00/2002    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: Yes 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Agency Contact:
Paula O. White
Director, Cooperative and State Programs
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Room N3700, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2200
Fax:202 693-1671