[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 206 (Tuesday, October 25, 2011)][Notices][Pages 66087-66089]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-27538]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2010-0057]
Telecommunications; Extension of the Office of Management and
Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork)
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comments.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to
extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the
information collection requirement contained in the Standard on
Telecommunications (29 CFR 1910.268). The purpose of this requirement
is to ensure that workers have been trained as required by the Standard
to prevent risk of death or serious injury.
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
December 27, 2011.
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 your comments and attachments
to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2010-0057, 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-
0057). 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).
Under the paperwork requirement specified by paragraph (c) of the
Standard, an employer must certify that his or her workers have been
trained as specified by the training provision of the Standard.
Specifically, employers must prepare a certification record which
includes the identity of the person trained, the signature of the
employer or the person who conducted the training, and the date the
training was completed. The certification record shall be prepared at
the completion of training and shall be maintained on file for the
duration of the employee's employment. The information collected would
be used by employers as well as compliance officers to determine
whether employees have been trained according to the requirements set
forth in 29 CFR 1910.268(c).
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 requirement contained in the Standard on Telecommunications
(29 CFR 1910.268). In the existing ICR, the Agency calculated burden
hours and cost for the training certification record for all workers in
the telecommunications industry. The burden hours have decreased based
on the number of telecommunication workers installing and repairing
lines and equipment. Therefore, OSHA is proposing to decrease the
existing burden hour estimate for the collection of information
requirement specified by the Standard from 1,087 hours to 1,077 hours,
a total difference of 10 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: Telecommunications (29 CFR 1910.268).
OMB Number: 1218-0225.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; Not-for-profit
organizations; Federal Government; State, Local, or Tribal Government.
Number of Respondents: 659.
Frequency of Response: On occasion.
Average Time per Response: Two (2) minutes for an establishment to
disclose training records and 2 minutes for the training record to be
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,077.
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-2010-0057). 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 dates 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
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 October 20, 2011.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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