[Federal Register: September 4, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 171)][Notices] [Page 45883-45884]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2009-0017]
The Standard on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Shipyard
Employment; 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 comments concerning its proposal to
extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements
specified in the Standard on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for
Shipyard Employment (29 CFR part 1915, subpart I).
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
November 3, 2009.
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-2009-0017,
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-2009-
0017). 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 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).
Subpart I specifies several paperwork requirements, which are
(A) Hazard Assessment and Verification (Sec. 1915.152(b)). Section
1915.152(b) requires the employer to assess work activities to
determine whether there are hazards present, or likely to be present,
which necessitate the worker's use of PPE. If such hazards are present,
or likely to be present, the employer must: (1) Select the type of PPE
that will protect the affected workers from the hazards identified in
the occupational hazard assessment; (2) communicate selection decisions
to affected workers; (3) select PPE that properly fits each affected
worker; and (4) verify that the required occupational hazard assessment
has been performed. The verification must contain the following
information: Occupation or trade assessed, the date(s) of the hazard
assessment, and the name of the person performing the hazard
(B) Training and Verification (Sec. 1915.152(e)). Section
1910.152(e) requires that employers provide training for each worker
who is required to wear PPE (Sec. 1915.152(e)(1)). Paragraph (e)(3)
requires that employers also provide retraining when there are certain
changes in workplace conditions or there is reason to believe that any
previously trained worker does not have the understanding or skill to
use PPE properly. Circumstances where such retraining is required
include changes in the workplace that render prior training obsolete,
certain changes in the types of PPE used, and inadequacies in the
worker's knowledge or use of PPE that indicate the worker had not
retained the requisite understanding or skill.
Paragraph (e)(4) requires that the employer verify that each
affected worker has received the required PPE training. The
verification must contain the following information: Name of each
worker trained, the date(s) of training, and the type of training the
The standards on PPE protection for the eyes and face (Sec.
1915.153), head (Sec. 1915.155), feet (Sec. 1915.156), hands and body
(Sec. 1915.157), lifesaving equipment (Sec. 1915.158), personal fall
arrest systems (Sec. 1915.159), and positioning device systems (Sec.
1915.160) do not contain any separate information collection
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 collection
of information requirements contained in the Standard on Personal
Protective Equipment (PPE) for Shipyard Employment (29 CFR part 1915,
subpart I). The Agency is requesting an adjustment to the burden hours
from 2,041 to 2,827 hours (an increase of 786 hours). The increase in
the burden hours can be attributed to the number of existing workers
increasing from 62,191 to 86,764.
OSHA will summarize the comments submitted in response to this
notice, and will include this summary in its request to OMB to extend
the approval of the information collection requirements contained in
the Standard on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Shipyard
Employment (29 CFR Part 1915, Subpart I).
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
Title: Personal Protective Equipment Standard for Shipyard
Employment (29 CFR part 1915, subpart I).
OMB Number: 1218-0215.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
Total Responses: 108,335.
Frequency: On occasion.
Estimated Time per Response: Varies from 1 minute (.02 hour) for
employers to maintain the certification record for each worker to 5
minutes to record the hazard assessment for each occupation covered.
Total Burden Hours: 2,827.
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
e-Rulemaking Portal; (2) by facsimile (FAX); or (3) by hard copy. All
comments, attachments, and other material must identify the Agency name
and OSHA docket number for the ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2009-0017). 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 publically 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 through 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
Jordan Barab, Acting 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, this 28th day of August 2009.
Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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