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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AC91 Publication ID: Spring 2014 
Title: ●Emergency Response and Preparedness 
Abstract: Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) published a Request for Information (RFI) on Emergency Response and Preparedness (72 FR 51735, OSHA Docket 2007-0073,!docketDetail;D=OSHA-2007-0073) on September 11, 2007. The RFI addressed the way that OSHA currently regulates aspects of emergency response and preparedness under its existing standards, and that some of these standards were promulgated decades ago, and none were designed as comprehensive emergency response standards. Consequently, they do not address the full range of hazards or concerns currently facing emergency responders, nor do they reflect major changes in performance specifications for protective clothing and equipment. The Agency acknowledged that current OSHA standards also do not reflect all the major developments in safety and health practices that have already been accepted by the emergency response community and incorporated into industry consensus standards. The Agency received 84 comments, many favorable on the need for further action to protect emergency responders. In the tragedy that struck West, Texas, in April 2013, it was reaffirmed that emergency responder health and safety continues to be an area of ongoing need. President Obama issued Executive Order 13650 Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security (EO) on August 1, 2013, to improve chemical facility safety and security, including emergency responder safety. The Agency will host a stakeholder meeting in July 2014 to address the lessons learned from West, Texas as well as how to integrate this information with the existing docket of information, as well as any other developments since closing the RFI docket. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910   
Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b)    29 USC 657   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Stakeholder Meetings  07/00/2014 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
William Perry
Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3718,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-1950
Fax:202 693-1678