OSHA thinking about removing oil and gas exemption to PSM
OSHA has posted a request for Information on the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard, including:
Paragraph (a)(2)(ii) of § 1910.119 exempts oil- and gas-well drilling and servicing operations from PSM coverage. The preamble to the PSM final rule explained that OSHA excluded these operations because it had begun a separate rulemaking for oil and gas well drilling and servicing operations (48 FR 57202). However, the Agency subsequently removed the oil and gas well drilling and servicing operations rulemaking from its regulatory agenda and never promulgated a final rule for these operations. In light of this history, OSHA requests public comment on whether to retain or remove the § 1910.119(a)(2)(ii) exemption.
This is currently a request for information and NOT a rule making. The next step I would presume (depending on the comments received and OSHA’s direction) for OSHA to issue a Proposed Rule Making with a public comment period. This is not a given, but I am assuming this would be a next step.
The AESC will be bringing member comments together and provide public comment to this. If you have any comments or suggestions, please provide back to the AESC national office or on an individual company basis directly to OSHA.
If you have comments, please provide those to AESC no later than January 31, 2014.
Comments are due to OSHA by March 10, 2014.
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