Direct Final Rule to Update Fire Protection Standards for Shipyards Becomes Effective in January

An updated direct final rule that incorporates more recent National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards into the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) fire protection standard for shipyards will go into effect Jan. 16, 2007.

The direct final rule adds 10 updated National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards to OSHA’s shipyard fire protection standard and requires employers to use the more recent versions. The updated standards also incorporate some newer technologies for fire protection equipment so employees may receive greater protection from shipyard fire hazards.

For more information see the OSHA Trade News Release and the Notice in the Federal Register on January 3, 2007.