OSHA announced today in theFederal Registerthat it has extended the public comment period for 30 days on the agency's Confined Spaces in Construction Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The notice was originally published in the November 28, 2007, Federal Register.

The proposed rule addresses confined space safety issues specific to the construction industry. It requires controlling contractors to coordinate confined space operations among a site's multiple employers.

Public comments must be submitted no later than February 28, 2008. Comments should be sent to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA -2007-0026, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210. Comments are accepted electronically at www.regulations.gov. Comments may be submitted via FAX to 202-693-1648.