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DATE: April 9, 2002

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

SOURCE: Federal Register, April 9, 2002, Vol. 67, No. 68, page 17016

AGENCIES: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: NASA is amending 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 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 the proposed rule, see the December 13, 2001, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS); Safety and Health."

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 9, 2002.

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 million, 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.

On December 13, 2001, NASA published a proposed rule to make the following changes to the NFS:

One comment was received from industry, and it was supportive of the rule and did not recommended any changes. Therefore, NASA is finalizing the proposed rule without changes.

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