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DATE: December 13, 2001

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

SOURCE: Federal Register, December 13, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 240, page 64391

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: NASA is proposing to amend the NFS safety and occupational health coverage by revising the prescriptions for the Safety and Health solicitation provisions and contract clauses; removing references to the Service Contract Act (SCA) and Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act regulations and substituting references to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations; and clarifying when a Safety and Health Plan is to be included in a contract or solicitation.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on other recent changes to the NFS safety and health clauses, see the April 5, 2001, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Safety and Health (Short Form)," and the September 20, 2001, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Safety and Health (Short Form)".

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before February 11, 2002.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to Jeff Cullen, NASA Headquarters Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division (Code HK), Washington, DC 20546; or by e-mail to jcullen@hq.nasa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Cullen, 202-358-1784, e-mail: jcullen@hq.nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Since NASA contracts comprise approximately 80% of its budget, NASA recognizes that it is critically important that NASA contractors emphasize safety and occupational health to achieve mission success. NASA requires the inclusion of NFS 1852.223-70, NASA Safety and Health, and NFS 1852.223-73, Safety and Health Plan, in contracts that are greater than $1,000,000, involve construction, or have hazardous deliverable end items or operations. The clauses may be excluded when the Contracting Officer determines that the provisions of the Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act or the Service Contract Act (if applicable) and their implementing regulations provide adequate safety and health protection.

This proposed rule would make the following changes to the NFS:

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