New regs for Tuesday: Bath tubs, mine workers, walk-in freezers

Tuesday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for bathtubs, mine workers' safety, cellulite removal devices and walk-in freezers.

Here's what is happening:

Bathtubs: The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is coming out with new rules for the anti-scalding valves that regulate the water temperature of baths and whirlpools.

"Anti-scald valves mitigate the danger of serious burns and other hazards caused by bursts of hot water resulting from sudden changes in water pressure," HUD wrote.

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Last December, HUD published rules for anti-scalding devices that control the temperature of showers but forgot to include the standards for such devices that are used in bathtubs and whirlpools that do not have shower heads. So the agency is issuing new rules for these devices.

The new rules go into effect in 30 days.

Mines: The Department of Labor is delaying new safety rules for mine workers who are trying to escape from a collapsed mine. 

The Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a request for information last year but is extending the comment period for a third time, until Oct. 2, to give interested parties more time to comment.

Cellulite: The Food and Drug Administration is loosening the regulations on powered surgical instruments that remove cellulite. 

These are prescription devices that cut underneath the cellulite's depressions and dimples to remove them. 

The new rules go into effect in 30 days.

Drivers: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is considering allowing people who suffer from epilepsy or seizures to drive commercial motor vehicles as long as they are taking medication.

The public has 30 days to comment on the new rules.

Freezers: The Department of Energy is moving forward with new energy conservation standards for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers, the agency announced Monday.

The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy said the more stringent rules would cost industry $33 million but could save consumers as much as $9.9 billion over the next 30 years. 

Manufacturers will have to comply with the rules beginning on June 5, 2017.