[Federal Register: March 7, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 46)][Notices] [Page 12468-12470]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2008-0003]
Powered Industrial Trucks Standard; Extension of the Office of
Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comment.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB
approval of the information collection requirements contained in the
Powered Industrial Truck Standard (29 CFR 1910.178). The information
collection requirements addresses truck design, construction, and
modification, as well as certification of training and evaluation for
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
May 6, 2008.
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-2008-0003,
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-2008-0003). 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)(4) requires that employers obtain the manufacturer's
written approval before modifying a truck in a manner that affects its
capacity and safe operation; if the manufacturer grants such approval,
the employer must revise capacity, operation, and maintenance
instruction plates, tags, and decals accordingly. For front-end
attachments not installed by the manufacturer, paragraph (a)(5)
mandates that employers provide a marker on the trucks that identifies
the attachment, as well as the weight of both the truck and the
attachment when the attachment is at maximum elevation with a laterally
centered load. Paragraph (a)(6) specifies that employers must ensure
that the markers required by paragraphs (a)(3) through (a)(5) remain
affixed to trucks and are legible.
Paragraphs (l)(1) through (l)(6) of the Standard contain the
paperwork requirements necessary to certify the training provided to
powered industrial truck operators. Accordingly, these paragraphs
specify the following requirements for employers:
Paragraph (l)(1)--Ensure that trainees successfully
complete the training and evaluation requirements of paragraph (l)
prior to operating a truck without direct supervision.
Paragraph (l)(2)--Allow trainees to operate a truck only
under the direct supervision of an individual with the knowledge,
training, and experience to train operators and to evaluate their
performance, and under conditions that do not endanger other employees.
The training program must consist of formal instruction, practical
training, and evaluation of the trainee's performance in the workplace.
Paragraph (l)(3)--Provide the trainees with initial
training on each of 22 specified topics, except on topics that the
employer demonstrates do not apply to the safe operation of the
truck(s) in the employer's workplace.
Paragraphs (l)(4)(i) and (l)(4)(ii)--Administer refresher
training and evaluation on relevant topics to operators found by
observation or formal evaluation to operate a truck unsafely, involved
in an accident or near-miss incident, or assigned to operate another
type of truck, or if the employer identifies a workplace condition that
could affect safe truck operation.
Paragraph (l)(4)(iii)--Evaluate each operator's
performance at least once every three years.
Paragraph (l)(5)--Train rehires only in specific topics
that they performed unsuccessfully during an evaluation and that are
appropriate to the employer's truck(s) and workplace conditions.
Paragraph (l)(6)--Certify that each operator meets the
training and evaluation requirements specified by paragraph (l). This
certification must include the operator's name, the training date, the
evaluation date, and the identity of the individual(s) who performed
the training and evaluation.
Requiring labels (markings) of modified equipment notifies
employees of the conditions under which they can safely operate powered
industrial trucks, thereby preventing such hazards as fires and
explosions caused by poorly designed electrical systems, rollovers/
tipovers that result from exceeding a truck's stability
characteristics, and falling loads that occur when loads exceed the
lifting capacities of attachments. Certification of training and
evaluation provides a means of informing employers that their employees
received the training, and demonstrated the performance necessary to
operate a truck within its capacity and control limitations. Therefore,
by ensuring that employees operate only trucks that are in proper
working order, and do so safely, employers prevent severe injury and
death to truck operators and other employees who are in the vicinity of
the trucks. Finally, these paperwork requirements are the most
efficient means for an OSHA compliance officer to determine that an
employer properly notified employees regarding the design and
construction of, and modifications made to, the trucks they are
operating, and that an employer provided them with the required
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 Powered Industrial
Trucks (29 CFR 1910.178). The Agency is requesting to increase its
current burden hour estimate associated with this Standard from 773,205
hours to 848,539 hours, a total increase of 75,534 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: Powered Industrial Trucks (29 CFR 1910.178).
OMB Number: 1218-0242.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
Number of Respondents: 1,134,699.
Frequency: On occasion; annually; triennially.
Average Time Per Response: Ranges from two minutes (.03 hour) to
mark an approved truck to 6.50 hours to train new truck operators.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 848,539.
Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $238,245.
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-2008-0003). 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 31159).
Signed at Washington, DC, on February 29, 2008.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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