[Federal Register: December 3, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 232)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2010-0052]
Material Hoists, Personnel Hoists, and Elevators Standard;
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 comments.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to
extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements
specified in the Standard on Material Hoists, Personnel Hoists, and
Elevators (29 CFR 1926.552).
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
February 1, 2011.
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) 693-1648.
Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service:
When using this method, you must submit a copy of your comments and
attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2010-0052, 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 Information Collection Request (ICR) (OSHA-2010-
0052). 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 Theda Kenney at
the address below to obtain a copy of the ICR.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theda Kenney or Todd Owen, Directorate
of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3609,
200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202)
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 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).
Paragraph (a)(2) of the Standard requires that the rated load
capacities, recommended operating speeds, and special hazard warnings
or instructions be posted on cars and platforms. Paragraph (b)(1)(i)
requires that operating rules for material hoists be established and
posted at the operator's station of the hoist. These rules shall
include signal system and allowable line speed for various loads.
Paragraph (c)(10) requires that cars be provided with a capacity and
data plate secured in a conspicuous place on the car or crosshead.
These posting requirements are used by the operator and crew of the
material and personnel hoists to determine how to use the specific
machine and how much it will be able to lift as assembled in one or a
number of particular configurations. If not properly used, the machine
would be subject to failures, endangering the employees in the
Paragraph (c)(15) requires that a test and inspection of all
functions and safety devices be made following assembly and erection of
hoists. The test and inspection are to be conducted under the
supervision of a competent person. A similar inspection and test is
required following major alteration of an existing installation. All
hoists shall be inspected and tested at three-month intervals. A
certification record (the most recent) of the test and inspection is
required to be kept on file, including the date the test and inspection
was completed, the identification of the equipment and the signature of
the person who performed the test and inspection. This certification
ensures that the equipment has been tested and is in safe operating
condition. The most recent certification record will be disclosed to a
CSHO during an OSHA inspection.
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 Standard on Material Hoists,
Personnel Hoists, and Elevators (29 CFR 1926.552). The Agency is
requesting a decrease in burden hours from 30,282 to 20,957 (a total
decrease of 9,325 burden hours). 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 a currently approved collection.
Title: Material Hoists, Personnel Hoists, and Elevators (29 CFR
OMB Number: 1218-0231.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
Number of Respondents: 18,372.
Total Responses: 90,289.
Frequency of Response: On Occasion; Quarterly.
Estimated Time per Response: Varies from 2 minutes (.03 hour) for a
supervisor to disclose test and inspection certification records to 30
minutes (.50 hour) for a construction worker to obtain and post
information for hoists.
Total Burden Hours: 20,957.
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
(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-2010-0052). 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
David Michaels, PhD, MPH, 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. 4-2010
(75 FR 55355).
Signed at Washington, DC, on November 29, 2010.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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