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New acetylene standard in effect

March 14, 2012

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Washington – A direct final rule revising OSHA’s Acetylene Standard (1910.102) went into effect (.pdf file) March 5 following no “significant” objections to the changes, according to the agency.

The direct final rule (.pdf file) – first issued Dec. 5, 2011 – incorporates requirements found in the most recent Compressed Gas Association consensus standard, CGA G-1-2009.

This is the second time the OSHA standard has been updated in the past three years. Previously, OSHA’s update included references to an older consensus standard, CGA G-1-2003, as the 2009 edition was not available to the agency at the time. Comments OSHA later received on the standard suggested the agency incorporate references to the 2009 edition.

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