[Federal Register: December 14, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 240)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2007-0084]
Construction Standards on Posting Emergency Telephone Numbers and
Floor Load Limits; 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 specified by
the Construction Standards on Posting Emergency Telephone Numbers and
Floor Load Limits (paragraph (f) of Sec. 1926.50 and paragraph (a)(2)
of Sec. 1926.250, respectively).
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
February 12, 2008.
ADDRESSES: 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, OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2007-
0084, 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., ET.
Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and OSHA
docket number for the ICR (OSHA-2007-0084). 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 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
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 (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
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).
Two construction standards, "Medical Services and First Aid"
(Sec. 1926.50), and "General Requirements for Storage" (Sec.
1926.250), contain posting provisions. Paragraph (f) of Sec. 1926.50
requires employers to post emergency telephone numbers for physicians,
hospitals, or ambulances at the worksite if the 911 emergency telephone
service is not available; in the event an employee has a serious injury
at the worksite, this posting requirement expedites emergency medical
treatment of the employee. Paragraph (a)(2) of Sec. 1926.250 specifies
that employers must post the maximum safe load limits of floors located
in storage areas inside buildings or other structures, unless the
floors are on grade. This provision prohibits employers from
overloading floors in areas used to store material and equipment in
multi-story units that are under construction, thereby preventing the
floors from collapsing and seriously injuring employees.
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 two construction standards,
"Medical Services and First Aid" paragraph (f) of Sec. 1926.50, and
"General Requirements for Storage" paragraph (a)(2) of Sec.
1926.250. The Agency is requesting to increase its current burden hour
total from 8,901 hours to 197,819, for a total increase of 188,918
hours associated with these two Standards. The Agency will summarize
the comments submitted in response to this notice and will include this
summary in the request to OMB.
Type of Review: Extension of currently approved information
Title: Construction Standards on the Posting of Emergency Telephone
Numbers and Floor Load Limits.
OMB Number: 1218-0093.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; not-for-profit
institutions; Federal Government; State, local, or Tribal governments.
Number of Respondents: 801,837.
Frequency of Response: On occasion.
Total Responses: 1,591,674.
Average Time per Response: Varies from 2 minutes (.03 hour) to post
emergency numbers to 15 minutes (.25 hour) to develop and post load
limits for floors.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 197,819.
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-2007-0084). 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. 5-2007 (72 FR
Signed at Washington, DC, on December 10, 2007.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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