[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 32 (Tuesday, February 18, 2014)][Notices][Pages 9282-9284]
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[FR Doc No: 2014-03462]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2010-0048]
Standard on Powered Platforms for Building Maintenance; 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 its Standard on Powered Platforms for Building Maintenance
(29 CFR 1910.66).
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
April 21, 2014.
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 a copy of your comments and
attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2010-0048,
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 the
OSHA docket number for the Information Collection Request (ICR) (OSHA-
2010-0048). 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 from 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) 693-
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 accord with the Paperwork Reduction Act of
1995 (PRA-95) (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).
Paragraph (e)(9) of the Powered Platform for Building Maintenance
Standard requires that employers develop and implement a written
emergency action plan for each type of powered platform operation. The
plan must explain the emergency procedures that workers are to follow
if they encounter a disruption of the power supply, equipment failure,
or other emergency. Prior to operating a powered platform, employers
must notify workers how they can learn about alarm systems and
emergency escape routes, and emergency procedures that pertain to the
building at which they will be working. Employers are to review with
each worker those parts of the emergency action plan that the worker
must know to ensure their protection during an emergency; these reviews
must occur when the worker receives an initial assignment involving a
platform operation and after the employer revises the emergency action
According to paragraph (f)(5)(i)(C), employers must affix a load
rating plate to a conspicuous location on each suspended unit that
states the unit's weight and its rated load capacity. Paragraph
(f)(5)(ii)(N) requires employers to mount each emergency electric
operating device in a secured compartment and label the device with
instructions for its use. After installing a suspension wire rope,
paragraphs (f)(7)(vi) and (f)(7)(vii) mandate that employers attach a
corrosion-resistant tag with specified information to one of the wire
rope fastenings if the rope is to remain at one location. In addition,
paragraph (f)(7)(viii) requires employers who resocket a wire rope to
either stamp specified information on the original tag or put that
information on a supplemental tag and attach it to the fastening.
Paragraphs (g)(2)(i) and (g)(2)(ii) require that building owners,
at least annually, have a competent person: Inspect the supporting
structures of their buildings; inspect and, if necessary, test the
components of the powered platforms, including control systems;
inspect/test components subject to wear (e.g., wire ropes, bearings,
gears, and governors); and certify these inspections and tests. Under
paragraph (g)(2)(iii), building owners must maintain and, on request,
disclose to OSHA a written certification record of these inspections/
tests. This record must include the date of the inspection/test, the
signature of the competent person who performed it, and the number/
identifier of the building support structure and equipment inspected/
Paragraph (g)(3)(i) mandates that building owners have a competent
person inspect and, if necessary, test each powered platform facility
according to the manufacturer's recommendations every 30 days, or prior
to use if the work cycle is less than 30 days. Under paragraph
(g)(3)(ii), building owners must maintain and, on request, disclose to
the Agency a written certification record of these inspections/tests.
This record is to include the date of the inspection/test, the
signature of the competent person who performed it, and the number/
identifier of the powered platform facility inspected/tested.
According to paragraph (g)(5)(iii), building owners must have a
competent person thoroughly inspect suspension wire ropes for a number
of specified conditions once a month, or before placing the wire ropes
into service if the ropes are inactive for 30 days or longer. Paragraph
(g)(5)(v) requires building owners to maintain and, on request,
disclose to OSHA a written certification record of these monthly
inspections; this record must consist of the date of the inspection,
the signature of the competent person who performed it, and the number/
identifier of the wire rope inspected.
Paragraph (i)(1)(ii) requires that all workers who operate working
platforms be trained in the following: (A) Recognition of, and
preventive measures for, the safety hazards associated with their
individual work tasks; (B) general recognition and prevention of safety
hazards associated with the use of working platforms; (C) emergency
action plan procedures required in paragraph (e)(9) of this section;
(D) work procedures required in paragraph (i)(1)((iv) of this section;
(E) personal fall arrest system inspection, care, use and system
performance. Paragraph (1)(1)(iii) requires that training of workers in
the operation and inspection of working platforms be performed by a
competent person. Paragraph (i)(1)(iv) requires that written work
procedures for the operation, safe use and inspection of working
platforms be provided for worker training.
Upon completion of this training, paragraph (i)(1)(v) specifies
that employers must prepare a written certification that includes the
identity of the worker trained, the signature of the employer or the
trainer, and the date the worker completed the training. In addition,
the employer must maintain a worker's training certificate for the
duration of their employment and, on request, make it available to
Emergency action plans allow employers and workers to anticipate,
and effectively respond to, emergencies that may arise during powered
platform operations. Affixing load rating plates to suspended units,
instructions to emergency electric operating devices, and tags to wire
rope fasteners prevent workplace injuries by providing information to
employers and workers regarding the conditions under which they can
safely operate these system components. Requiring building owners to
establish and maintain written certification of inspections and testing
conducted on the supporting structures of buildings, powered platform
systems, and suspension wire ropes provides employers and workers with
assurance that they can operate safely from the buildings using
equipment that is in safe operating condition.
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 Platforms
for Building Maintenance (29 CFR 1910.66). The Agency is requesting an
adjustment decrease in the number of burden hours from 135,656 to
130,764, a total decrease of 4,892 burden hours. The decrease is due to
the removal of burden hours related to training. 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: Standard on Powered Platforms for Building Maintenance (29
OMB Control Number: 1218-0121.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
Number of Respondents: 900.
Frequency: On occasion.
Average Time per Response: Varies from 2 minutes (.03 hour) to
disclose certification records to 4 hours to inspect/test both a
powered platform facility and its suspension wire ropes, and to prepare
the certification record.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 130,764.
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-2010-0048). 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 from 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 from the Web site, and for assistance in using the Internet
to locate docket submissions.
V. Authority and Signature
David Michaels, Ph.D., 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. 1-2012
(77 FR 3912).
Signed at Washington, DC, on February 12, 2014.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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