Federal occupational safety and health standards for general industry—adoption by reference, 10.20
LABOR SERVICES DIVISION
Notice of Intended Action
Proposing rule making related to general industry safety and health rules
and providing an opportunity for public comment
The Labor Commissioner hereby proposes to amend Chapter 10, "General Industry Safety and Health Rules," Iowa Administrative Code.
Legal Authority for Rule Making
This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 88.5.
State or Federal Law Implemented
This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code chapter 88.
Purpose and Summary
This proposed amendment adopts by reference changes to the federal occupational safety and health standards for general industry. The federal changes include corrections to fix errors in the standards for ladders, stairways, scaffolds and rope descent systems, and fall protection. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration was able to adopt these changes using expedited procedures for typographical and clerical errors.
The changes also modify the respiratory protection standard by adopting two additional quantitative fit testing protocols. The additional protocols will reduce compliance burdens and increase flexibility without endangering employee health. While the new protocols are set forth in the general industry standards, they also apply to the construction industry.
This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.
Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Commissioner for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to 875—Chapter 5.
Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Commissioner no later than 4:30 p.m. on February 19, 2020. Comments should be directed to:
Division of Labor Services
150 Des Moines Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
If requested, a public hearing at which persons may present their views orally or in writing will be held as follows:
February 19, 2020
150 Des Moines Street
Des Moines, Iowa
Persons who wish to make oral comments at the public hearing may be asked to state their names for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of this proposed rule making.
Any persons who intend to attend the public hearing and have special requirements, such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the Commissioner and advise of specific needs.
Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee
The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).
The following rule-making action is proposed:
Amend rule 875—10.20(88) by inserting the following at the end thereof:
84 Fed.Reg.50755 (September 26, 2019)
84 Fed.Reg.68795 (December 17, 2019)