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Mon Mar 12 14:16:42 CDT 2007
Source: (USA) Federal Register: March 5, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 42)]
29 CFR Part 1910
Announcement of Stakeholder Meetings on Occupational Exposure to
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Labor.
SUMMARY: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
invites interested parties to participate in informal stakeholder
meetings on Occupational Exposure to Ionizing Radiation. These
meetings are a continuation of OSHA's information collection efforts
on ionizing radiation.
DATES: Stakeholder meetings: The stakeholder meeting dates are:
1. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., March 16, 2007, Washington, DC.
2. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., March 26, 2007, Orlando, FL.
Notice of intention to attend a stakeholder meeting: You must
submit a notice of intention to attend the Washington, DC, or Orlando,
FL, stakeholder meeting by March 9, 2007.
ADDRESSES: Stakeholder meetings: The stakeholder meeting locations are:
1. Frances Perkins Building, U.S. Department of Labor, 200
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210.
2. For the location of the Orlando, FL, stakeholder meeting,
contact Liset Navas at (202) 693-1950.
Notices of intention to attend a stakeholder meeting: You may
submit your notice of intention to attend a stakeholder meeting by any
of the following methods:
Electronic: OSHA encourages you to submit your notice of intention
to attend to navas.liset at dol.gov.
Facsimile: You may fax your notice of intention to attend to (202)
The use of ionizing radiation has increased significantly in
recent years. Today, ionizing radiation is used in a
wide variety of workplaces and operations, including security
operations, hospitals and medical offices, dental offices,
manufacturing worksites, research facilities, forestry and other
agricultural worksites, and wastewater treatment plants.
In 2005, OSHA initiated information collection efforts to obtain
data, information, and comment on the increased workplace use of
ionizing radiation and other related issues. These efforts started
with the publication of a Request for Information (RFI) on May 3, 2005
(70 FR 22828). OSHA received 51 comments in response to the RFI. To
supplement this information, OSHA is inviting interested parties to
attend informal stakeholder meetings on the Occupational Exposure to
Ionizing Radiation. OSHA will use the data and materials obtained
through these information collections efforts to determine, in
conjunction with other Federal agencies, whether regulatory action is
necessary to protect employees from ionizing radiation exposure.
OSHA's existing standard on Ionizing Radiation (29 CFR 1910.1096)
was adopted in 1971 pursuant to section 6(a) of the Act (29 U.S.C.
655). The standard has remained largely unchanged since that time.
OSHA's Ionizing Radiation standard applies to all workplaces
except agricultural operations and those workplaces exempted from OSHA
jurisdiction under section 4(b)(1) of the Occupational Safety and
Health Act of 1970 (the Act) (29 U.S.C. 653). Section 4(b)(1) states:
Nothing in this Act shall apply to working conditions of
employees with respect to which other Federal agencies, and State
agencies acting under section 274 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954,
as amended (42 U.S.C. 2021), exercise statutory authority to
prescribe or enforce standards or regulations affecting occupational
safety and health.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has statutory authority
for licensing and regulating nuclear facilities and materials as
mandated by the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (as amended)(42 U.S.C. 2011
et seq.), the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 (as amended), the
Nuclear Nonproliferation Act of 1978, and other applicable statutes.
Specifically, the NRC has the authority to regulate source, byproduct
and certain special nuclear materials (e.g., nuclear reactor fuel).
This authority covers radiation hazards in NRC-licensed nuclear
facilities produced by radioactive materials and plant conditions that
affect the safety of radioactive materials and thus present an
increased radiation hazard to workers.
In 1988, OSHA and NRC signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU)
delineating the general areas of responsibility of each agency (CPL
2.86, December 22, 1989). The MOU specifies that at NRC-licensed
facilities OSHA has authority to regulate occupational ionizing
radiation sources not regulated by NRC (CPL 2.86). Examples of non-NRC
regulated radiation sources include X-ray equipment, accelerators,
electron microscopes, betatrons, and some naturally occurring
radiation sources (CPL 2.86). (See the Ionizing Radiation RFI (70 FR
22828) for additional information on sources of ionizing radiation
exposure, workplace uses of ionizing radiation, and health effects of
ionizing radiation exposure.)
Most recently, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 authorized NRC to
regulate material made radioactive by accelerators by adding
``accelerator-produced material'' to the definition of ``byproduct
material'' that NRC is authorized to license and regulate. The Energy
Policy Act directed NRC to issue licensing and compliance oversight
regulations to carry out the legislation. Until NRC issues and begins
enforcing those regulations, OSHA retains authority over both
accelerators and the materials they produce.
See FR for complete notice.
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