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09.12.35 - Division of Labor and Industry - Proposed Regulations

PROPOSED ACTION ON REGULATIONS
MARYLAND REGISTER, VOLUME 43, ISSUE 22,
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2016

Subtitle 12 DIVISION OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY

09.12.35 Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Standard for Confined Spaces

Labor and Employment Article, §§2-106(b)(4) and 5-312; Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Proposed Action
[16-279-P]

The Commissioner of Labor and Industry proposes to repeal Regulations .01—.05 under COMAR 09.12.35 Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Standard for Confined Spaces. This action was considered by the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Board pursuant to a meeting held on June 17, 2015. The notice of this meeting was given in 43:12 Md. R. (June 12, 2015) in accordance with General Provisions Article, §3-302(c), Annotated Code of Maryland.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this action is to repeal Maryland's Occupational Safety and Health Standard for Confined Spaces. At the federal level, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has adopted new standards on confined spaces with the Standards Relating to Confined Spaces in Construction, 29 CFR Part 1926. The Commissioner has proposed adopting the new federal standards by incorporation by reference, notice of which was published in 43:2 Md. R. 176 (January 22, 2016). This action seeks to repeal the existing Maryland regulations before Final Action on the proposed incorporation by reference of the Federal standard.

Comparison to Federal Standards

There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.

Estimate of Economic Impact

The proposed action has no economic impact.

Economic Impact on Small Businesses

The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.

Impact on Individuals with Disabilities

The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.

Opportunity for Public Comment

Comments may be sent to Mischelle Vanreusel, Regulatory and Grants Coordinator, Division of Labor and Industry, 1100 N. Eutaw Street, Room 600, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-767-2225, or email to mischelle.vanreusel@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-767-2986. Comments will be accepted through November 29, 2016. A public hearing has not been scheduled.

THOMAS MEIGHEN
Commissioner of Labor and Industry