[Federal Register: June 1, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 104)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. ICR 1218-0228(2005)]
Forging Machines; Extension of the Office of Management and
Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork)
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comment.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comment concerning its request for an
extension of the information collection requirements contained in its
standard on Forging Machines (29 CFR 1910.218).
DATES: Comments must be submitted by the following dates:
Hard copy: Your comments must be submitted (postmarked or received)
by August 1, 2005.
Facsimile and electronic transmission: Your comments must be
received by August 1, 2005.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by OSHA Docket No. ICR-
1218-0228(2005), by any of the following methods:
Regular mail, express delivery, hand delivery, and messenger
service: Submit your comments and attachments to the OSHA Docket
Office, Room N-2625, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue,
NW., Washington DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-2350 (OSHA's TTY number
is (877) 889-5627). OSHA Docket Office and Department of Labor hours
are 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., ET.
Facsimile: If your comments are 10 pages or fewer in length,
including attachments, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at
Electronic: You may submit comments through the Internet at http://ecomments.osha.gov.
Follow the instructions on the OSHA Web page for
Docket: For access to the docket to read or download comments or
background materials, such as the complete Information Collection
Request (ICR) (containing the Supporting Statement, OMB-83-I Form, and
attachments), go to OSHA's Web page at http://www.OSHA.gov. In
addition, the ICR, comments and submissions are available for
inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office at the address above.
You also may contact Theda Kenney at the address below to obtain a copy
of the ICR. For additional information on submitting comments, please
see the ``Public Participation'' heading in the SUPPLEMENTARY
INFORMATION section of this document.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theda Kenney or Todd Owen, Directorate
of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, Room N-3609, 200 Constitution Avenue,
NW., Washington, DC 20210, telephone: (202) 693-2222.
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce
paperwork and respondent (i.e., employer) burden, conducts a
preclearnace consultation program to provide the public with an
opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing information
collection requirements in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act
of 1995 (PRA-95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
This program ensures that information is in the desired format,
reporting burden (time and costs) is minimal, collection instruments
are clearly understood, and OSHA's estimate of the information
collection burden is accurate. The Occupational Safety and Health Act
of 1970 (the Act) (29 U.S.C. 651 et seq.) authorizes information
collection by employers as necessary or appropriate for enforcement of
the Act or for developing information regarding the causes and
prevention of occupational injuries, illnesses, and accidents (29
The Standard on Forging Machines (29 CFR 1910.218) (the Standard)
specifies several paperwork requirements. The following sections
describe who uses the information collected under each requirement, as
well as how they use it. The purpose these requirements is to reduce
employees' risk of death or serious injury by ensuring that forging
machines used by them are in safe operating condition, and that they
are able to clearly and properly identify manually operated valves and
Inspection of Forging Machines, Guards, and Point-of-Operation
Protection Devices (paragraphs (a)(2)(i) and (a)(2)(ii)). Paragraph
(a)(2)(i) requires employers to establish periodic and regular
maintenance safety checks, and to develop and keep a certification
record of each inspection. The certification record must include the
date of inspection, the signature of the person who performed the
inspection, and the serial number (or other identifier) of the forging
machine inspected. Under paragraph (a)(2)(ii), employers are to
schedule regular and frequent inspections of guards and point-of-
operation protection devices, and prepare a certification record of
each inspection that contains the date of the inspection, the signature
of the person who performed the inspection, and the serial number (or
other identifier) of the equipment inspected. These inspection
certification records provide assurance to employers, employees, and
OSHA compliance officers that forging machines, guards, and point-of-
operation protection devices have been inspected, assuring that they
will operate properly and safely, thereby preventing impact injury and
death to employees during forging operations. These records also
provide the most efficient means for the compliance officers to
determine that an employer is complying with the Standard.
Identification of Manually Controlled Valves and Switches
(paragraphs (c), (h)(3), (i)(1) and (i)(2)). These paragraphs require
proper and clear identification of manually operated valves and
switches on presses, upsetters, boltheading equipment, and rivet-making
machines, respectively. Marking valves and switches provide information
to employees to ensure that they operate the forging machines correctly
II. Special Issues for Comment
OSHA has a particular interest in comments on the following issues:
Whether the proposed information collection requirements
are necessary for the proper performance of the Agency's functions,
including whether the information is useful;
The accuracy of OSHA's estimate of the burden (time and
costs) of the information collection requirements, including the
validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
The quality, utility, and clarity of the information
Ways to minimize the burden on employers who must comply;
for example, by using automated or other technological information
collection and transmission techniques.
III. Proposed Actions
OSHA proposes to extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB)
approval of the collection of information (paperwork) requirements
necessitated by the Standard on Forging Machines (29 CFR 1910.218). In
its extension request, OSHA also is proposing to reduce the total
burden hours for these requirements from 244,868 hours to 187,264
hours. The Agency will include this summary in its request to OMB to
extend the approval of the collection of information requirements.
Type of Review: Extension of currently approved information
Title: Forging Machines (29 CFR 1910.218).
OMB Number: 1218-0228.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; Not-for-profit
organizations; Federal Government; State, Local, or Tribal Government.
Number of Respondents: 27,700.
Frequency of Response: Bi-weekly.
Average Time Per Response: Varies from 2 minutes (.03 hour) for an
employer to disclose certification records to 8 minutes (.13 hour) for
a manufacturing worker to conduct an inspection of each forging machine
and guard or point-of-operation protection device bi-weekly.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 187,264.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $0.
IV. Public Participation--Submission of Comments on this Notice and
Internet Access to Comments and Submissions
You may submit comments and supporting materials in response to
this notice by (1) hard copy, (2) fax transmission (facsimile), or (3)
electronically through the OSHA Webpage. Because of security-related
problems, a significant delay may occur in the receipt of comments by
regular mail. Please contact the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350
(TTY (877) 889-5627) for information about security procedures
concerning the delivery of submissions by express delivery, hand
delivery, and courier service.
All comments, submissions and background documents are available
for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office at the above
address. Comments and submissions posted on OSHA's Webpage are
available at http://www.OSHA.gov. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for
information about materials not available through the OSHA Webpage and
for assistance using the Webpage to locate docket submissions.
Electronic copies of this Federal Register notice as well as other
relevant documents are available on OSHA's Webpage. Since all
submissions become public, private information such as social security
numbers should not be submitted.
V. Authority and Signature
Jonathan L. Snare, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health, directed the preparation of this
notice. The authority for this notice is the Paperwork Reduction Act of
1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506 et seq.), and Secretary of Labor's Order No. 5-
2002 (67 FR 65008).
Signed at Washington, DC, on May 24, 2005.
Jonathan L. Snare,
Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor.
[FR Doc. 05-10823 Filed 5-31-05; 8:45 am]
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