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    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection;Comment Request; Safety Testing and Certification (29 CFR 1910.7(e)(1)(i))


Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. ICR-97-41]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Safety Testing and Certification (29 CFR 1910.7(e)(1)(i))

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA 95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the information collection requirements contained in 29 CFR 1910.7. The Agency is particularly interested in comments which:

  • evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

  • evaluate the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

  • enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

  • minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before September 16, 1997.

ADDRESSES: Comments are to be submitted to the Docket Office, Docket No. ICR-97-41, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210. Telephone: (202) 219-7894. Written comments limited to 10 pages or less in length may also be transmitted by facsimile to (202) 219-5046.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph E. Pipkin, Directorate of Safety Standards Programs, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3605, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210. Telephone 219-8161, ext. 125. Copies of the referenced information collection request are available for inspection and copying in the Docket Office and will be mailed to persons who request copies by telephoning Theda Kenney at (202) 219-8061, ext. 100, or Barbara Bielaski at (202) 219-8067, ext. 142. For electronic copies of the Information Collection Request for Safety Testing and Certification OSHA's WebPage on the Internet at http://www.osha.gov/ and clock on "standards."


I. Background

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the Act) authorizes the promulgation of such health and safety standards as are necessary or appropriate to provide safe or healthful employment and places of employment. The statute specifically authorizes information collection by employers as necessary or appropriate for the enforcement of the Act or for developing information regarding the causes and prevention of occupational injuries, illnesses, and accidents.

A number of OSHA's standards require certain equipment to be "tested" (or "approved") by a "nationally recognized testing laboratory" (NRTL). In order for an organization to meet the definition of a NRTL, it must be "recognized" by OSHA and laboratories must apply to OSHA for recognition. Recognition is granted after OSHA determines that the organization meets certain criteria. OSHA can only make this determination after reviewing and evaluating "information" provided by the organizations seeking such recognition. The applicant would have to provide OSHA with sufficient information and detail to demonstrate that the applicant meets the definition of a NRTL and that it has the capability to test and examine equipment and materials for fire or electrical safety. More specifically, the applicant must demonstrate that it has the facilities, equipment, trained staff, test procedures and calibration, and quality control programs.

II. Current Actions

This notice requests an extension of the current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the paperwork collection requirements contained in 29 CFR 1910.7 (currently approved under OMB Control No. 1218-0147).

Type of Review: Extension.

Agency: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Title: Safety Testing and Certification (29 CFR 1910.7).

OMB Number: 1218-0147.

Agency Number: Docket Number ICR-97-41.

Affected Public: State of local governments; Business or other for- profit.

Number of Respondents: 12.

Frequency: Varies.

Average Time per Response: 65 hours.

Estimated Total Burden Hours: 600.

Total Annualized Capital/Startup Costs: $0.

Signed at Washington, D.C., this 14th day of July 1997.

John F. Martonik,
Acting Director, Directorate of Safety Standards Programs.

[FR Doc. 97-18984 Filed 7-17-97; 8:45 am)