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DATE: September 20, 2001

SUBJECT: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Safety and Health (Short Form)

SOURCE: Federal Register, September 20, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 183, page 48361

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: NASA is adopting, with changes, the April 5, 2001, interim rule which added NFS 1852.223-72, Safety and Health (Short Form). NFS 1852.223-72 requires contractors to take all reasonable safety and occupational health measures in contracts above the $2,500 micro-purchase threshold, and added an Alternate I to NFS 1852.223-73, Safety and Health Plan, to address submission of safety and health plans under Invitations for Bids (IFBs).

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the interim rule, see the April 5, 2001, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Safety and Health (Short Form)."

EFFECTIVE DATE: September 20, 2001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Yolande Harden, NASA, Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division (Code HK), 202-358-1279, or e-mail: yharden@mail.hq.nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: For NASA to achieve mission success, NASA contractors must emphasize safety and occupational health. While NFS 1852.223-70, NASA Safety and Health, applies to high-risk contracts and many contracts over $1,000,000, NASA has many other contracts that are also critical to NASA achieving its mission. Therefore, on April 5, 2001, NASA published an interim rule which added NFS 1852.223-72 to address safety and occupational health in all of its contracts above the micro-purchase threshold where NFS 1852.223-70 does not apply. In addition, the interim rule modified several other "Safety and Health" clauses to be consistent with NFS 1852.223-72. Among the changes were the addition of an Alternate I to NFS 1852.223-73, Safety and Health Plan, for use in Invitations for Bids (IFBs).

One comment was received on the interim rule. Because of the comment, the interim rule is adopted as final, except for two changes:

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