When the federal OSHA standards for Fire Protection for Shipyard Employment were promulgated on September 14, 2004, it incorporated nineteen National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards by reference (Federal Register). Eleven of these standards have been updated since the original proposed rule was issued.
On October 17, 2006, federal OSHA issued a direct final rule to update National Consensus standards in OSHA’s standards for fire protection in shipyard employment to reflect the updated NFPA standards. No adverse comments were received by the date specified in the direct final rule therefore the direct final rule became a final rule with a federal effective date of January 16, 2007.
The N.C. Commissioner of Labor adopted this final rule verbatim with an effective date of May 2, 2007.The shipyard standards only apply to the public sector employees in North Carolina. (See 13 NCAC 7F.0501).