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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AB47 Publication ID: Spring 2011 
Title: Confined Spaces in Construction 
Abstract: In 1993, OSHA issued a rule to protect employees who enter confined spaces while engaged in general industry work (29 CFR 1910.146). This standard has not been extended to cover employees entering confined spaces while engaged in construction work because of unique characteristics of construction worksites. Pursuant to discussions with the United Steel Workers of America that led to a settlement agreement regarding the general industry standard, OSHA agreed to issue a proposed rule to protect construction workers in confined spaces. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
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 1926.36   
Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b)    40 USC 333   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
SBREFA Panel Report  11/24/2003    
NPRM  11/28/2007  72 FR 67351   
NPRM Comment Period End  01/28/2008    
NPRM Comment Period Extended  02/28/2008  73 FR 3893   
Public Hearing  07/22/2008    
Close Record  10/23/2008    
Final Action  11/00/2011    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Dean McKenzie
Director, Directorate of Construction
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3468,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2020
Fax:202 693-1689
Email: mckenzie.dean@dol.gov