OSHA said it will publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise the Explosives and Blasting Agents standard in today'sFederal Register. The proposed rule aims to enhance the protections provided to employees working in the manufacturing, storage, sale, transportation, handling and use of explosives. The agency is accepting public comments on the proposed standard until June 13, 2007.
"OSHA's standard has been largely unchanged since the
Agency adopted it in 1971," said OSHA Administrator Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
"and it is important that we update our standards so they reflect advances
in technology and work processes that have increased workplace safety."
The proposal updates and clarifies the regulatory language,
revises the standard to be consistent with other federal regulations,
incorporates updated consensus standards, and provides the regulated community
with greater compliance flexibility.
Significant changes in the proposed rule include: updating
the definition of explosives so it is consistent with the Department of
Transportation definition; incorporating the DOT/United Nations-based
classification system in the explosives definition; updating references to DOT
regulations; requiring package labels to be in accordance with OSHA's Hazard
Communication standard and to use the Globally Harmonized System of
classification and labeling of chemicals (GHS); eliminating storage magazine
requirements because the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has
adopted and enforces such regulations; and adding provisions to ensure that
employees are properly trained in hazard recognition and safe work practices.
Interested parties are invited to submit comments on the
proposed rule by June 13, 2007. Comments may be submitted electronically atwww.regulations.gov.