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Washington, D.C. – A revision to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Acetylene Standard replaces references to outdated consensus standards with updated references reflecting current industry practices in the acetylene industry.
OSHA Acetylene Standard- 8/12/2009
The revised standard requires that employers ensure that in-plant transfer, handling, storage and use of acetylene cylinders comply with Compressed Gas Association Pamphlet G-1-2003, Acetylene. Piping systems, as well as facilities and equipment, used to generate acetylene or to fill acetylene cylinders are required to comply with National Fire Protection Standard NFPA 51A, Standard for Acetylene Charging Plants.
If the agency receives significant adverse comments within 30 days of publication, the accompanying Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will allow the agency to continue the rulemaking as a "Notice and Comment" rulemaking. If no significant adverse comments are received, the Direct Final Rule will take effect November 9, 2009.
The agency will accept public comments on the Direct Final Rule and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking until Sept. 10, 2009.
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