[Federal Register: June 22, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 120)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2007-0055]
Construction Records for Rigging Equipment; Extension of the
Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information
Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comment.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comment concerning its proposal to extend
OMB approval of the information collection requirements contained in
paragraphs (b)(1), (b)(6)(i), (b)(6)(ii), (c)(15)(ii), (e)(1)(i), (ii),
and (iii) and (f)(2) of the Rigging Equipment for Construction Standard
(29 CFR 1926.251). These paragraphs require affixing identification
tags or markings on rigging equipment, developing and maintaining
inspection records, and retaining proof-testing certificates.
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
August 20, 2007.
Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments
electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal
eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting
Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer
than 10 pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-
Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service:
When using this method, you must submit three copies of your comments
and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2007-0055,
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington,
DC 20210. Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, and courier
service) are accepted during the Department of Labor's and Docket
Office's normal business hours, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., e.t.
Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and OSHA
docket number for the ICR (OSHA-2007-0055). All comments, including any
personal information you provide, are placed in the public docket
without change, and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov.
For further information on submitting comments see the "Public
Participation" heading in the section of this notice titled
Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the
docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at
the address above. All documents in the docket (including this Federal
Register notice) are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index;
however, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly
available to read or download through the Web site. All submissions,
including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and
copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also contact Stewart
Burkhammer at the address below to obtain a copy of the ICR.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stewart Burkhammer, Directorate of
Construction, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3468, 200
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce
paperwork and respondent (i.e., employer) burden, conducts a
preclearance 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 (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 OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 651
et seq.) authorizes information collection by employers as necessary or
appropriate for enforcement of the OSH Act or for developing
information regarding the causes and prevention of occupational
injuries, illnesses, and accidents (29 U.S.C. 657). The OSH Act also
requires that OSHA obtain such information with minimum burden upon
employers, especially those operating small businesses, and to reduce
to the maximum extent feasible unnecessary duplication of efforts in
obtaining information (29 U.S.C. 657).
The following section identifies and describes the information
collection requirements contained in the Rigging Equipment in
Construction Standard (i.e., "the Standard"). The purpose of each of
these requirements is to prevent employees from using defective or
deteriorated equipment, thereby reducing their risk of death or serious
injury caused by equipment failure during material handling.
Alloy Steel Chains, Paragraph (b)
Paragraph (b)(1) requires that alloy steel chains have permanently
affixed durable identification tags stating size, grade, rated capacity
and sling manufacturer. Paragraph (b)(6)(i) requires the employer to
make a thorough periodic inspection of alloy steel chain slings in use
on a regular basis, but at least once a year. Paragraph (b)(6)(ii)
requires the employer to make and maintain a record of the most recent
month in which each alloy steel chain was inspected and make the record
available for examination.
End Attachments, Paragraph (c)
Paragraph (c)(15)(ii) requires that all welded end attachments of
wire rope slings be proof-tested by the manufacturer at twice their
rated capacity prior to initial use, and that the employer retain a
certificate of the proof test and make it available for examination.
Synthetic Webbing (Nylon, Polyester, and Polypropylene),
Paragraphs (e)(1)(i), (ii), and (iii) require that synthetic web
slings be marked or coded to show the manufacturer's name or trademark,
the rated capacity for the type of hitch and the type of synthetic
Shackles and Hooks, Paragraph (f)
Paragraph (f)(2) requires that all hooks for which no applicable
manufacturer's recommendations are available be tested twice before
they are put into use. The employer shall maintain a record of the
dates and results of the tests.
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 is requesting that OMB extend its approval of the information
collection requirements contained in the Rigging Equipment Standard (29
CFR 1926.251). The Agency will summarize the comments submitted in
response to this notice and will include this summary in the request to
Type of Review: Extension of currently approved information
Title: Rigging Equipment for Material Handling (29 CFR
1926.25(b)(1), (b)(6)(i), (b)(6)(ii), (c)(15)(ii), (e)(1)(i), (ii), and
(iii), and (f)(2).
OMB Number: 1218-0233.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
Number of Respondents: 1,327,370.
Frequency: On occasion.
Average Time Per Response: Average 3 minutes (.05 hour) for an
employer to maintain and disclose a certificate to 30 minutes (.50
hour) for an employer to acquire information and make a tag for a
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 56,335.
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 in response to this document as follows:
(1) Electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal
eRulemaking Portal; (2) by facsimile (FAX); or (3) by hard copy. All
comments, attachments, and other material must identify the Agency name
and the OSHA docket number for the ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2007-0055). You
may supplement electronic submissions by uploading document files
electronically. If you wish to mail additional materials in reference
to an electronic or facsimile submission, you must submit them to the
OSHA Docket Office (see the section of this notice titled ADDRESSES).
The additional materials must clearly identify your electronic comments
by your name, date, and the docket number so the Agency can attach them
to your comments.
Because of security procedures, the use of regular mail may cause a
significant delay in the receipt of comments. For information about
security procedures concerning the delivery of materials by hand,
express delivery, messenger, or courier service, please contact the
OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY (877) 889-5627).
Comments and submissions are posted without change at http://www.regulations.gov.
Therefore, OSHA cautions commenters about
submitting personal information such as social security numbers and
date of birth. Although all submissions are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov
index, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly
available to read or download through this Web site. All submissions,
including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and copying
at the OSHA Docket Office. Information on using the http://www.regulations.gov
Web site to submit comments and access the docket is available at the
Web site's "User Tips" link. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information
about materials not available through the Web site, and for assistance
in using the Internet to locate docket submissions.
V. Authority and Signature
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., 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
Signed at Washington, DC, on June 14, 2007.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. E7-12050 Filed 6-21-07; 8:45 am]
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