This direct final rule becomes effective on November 15, 2012, barring significant adverse comments by September 17 th of this year. Should OSHA receive enough adverse comments, the notice of proposed rulemaking allows it to prolong the notice-and-comment part of the rulemaking initiative, by removing the direct final rule until a later date.
Interested parties may use this link: http://www.regulations.gov to register comments via the Internet. Comments may also be sent by FAX or mail; details can be found at the Federal Register. All comments must be submitted by September 17, 2012.
OSHAs official mandate is that it ensures safe working conditions for employees by regulating and enforcing consistent standards, and providing training, education and assistance. You can learn more about OHSA and see the official notice regarding final rule and notice of proposed rulemaking at their website: http://www.osha.gov.