[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 196 (Thursday, October 9, 2014)][Notices][Pages 61101-61102]
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[FR Doc No: 2014-24123]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2011-0066]
Vertical Tandem Lifts in Marine Terminals; Extension of the
Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Collection of
Information (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 the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the
collection of information requirements specified by the Standard on
Vertical Tandem Lifts (VTLs) in Marine Terminals. A VTL is the practice
of a container crane lifting two or more intermodal containers, one on
top of the other, connected by a particular type of interbox connector,
known as a semiautomatic twistlock.
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
December 8, 2014.
ADDRESSES: 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, Docket No. OSHA-2011-0066,
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of
Labor, 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 (OSHA-2011-0066) for the Information Collection
Request (ICR). 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).
The VTL Standard for Marine Terminals (29 CFR part 1917) specifies
the following collection of information requirements. The purpose of
each of these requirements is to provide workers with safe work practices
when using VTLs.
Paragraph (i)(8)(iv) of Sec. 1917.71 requires employers to ensure
that the interbox connectors used in VTLs has been certified by a
competent authority authorized under Sec. 1918.11 (for interbox
connectors that are part of a vessel's gear) or Sec. 1917.50 (for
other interbox connectors). Paragraph (i)(8)(v) requires employers to
make the certification available for inspection and that the
certificate attests that the interbox connector meets the strength
criteria specified in paragraph (i)(8)(iv) of the standard. Also,
paragraph (i)(8)(vi) requires that each interbox connector be clearly
and durably marked with its safe working load for lifting and with an
identifying number or mark that will enable it to be associated with
its test certificate.
The certification is necessary to ensure that interbox connector-
corner casting assemblies have adequate strength to ensure the safety
of the lift. Marking of interbox connectors informs employers, workers
and OSHA that the interbox connectors have been certified.
Paragraph (j)(2) of Sec. 1917.71 requires the employer to develop,
implement, and maintain a written plan for transporting vertically
connected containers in the terminal. The transport plan helps ensure
the safety of terminal workers and therby enhances productivity.
Paragraph (k)(2) of Sec. 1917.71 requires that the written transport
plan include the safe work zone and procedures to ensure that workers
are not in the zone when a VTL is in motion.
Written plans give employers, workers, and OSHA compliance officers
assurance that VTLs are safe to use and provide the compliance officers
with an efficient means to assess employer compliance with the
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 Vertical Tandem
Lifts (VTLs) for Marine Terminals (29 CFR part 1917). OSHA is proposing
to decrease the existing burden hour estimate for the collection of
information requirements specified by the Standard from 2,000 hours to
560 hours, a total decrease of 1,440 hours. Based on staff expertise,
the Agency estimates that 10%, of marine terminal establishments are
using VTLs. The Agency will summarize the comments submitted in
response to this notice and will include this summary in the request to
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
Title: Vertical Tandem Lifts (VTLs) for Marine Terminals (29 CFR
OMB Control Number: 1218-0260.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits; not-for-profit
organizations; Federal Government; State, Local, or Tribal Government.
Number of Respondents: 140.
Frequency of Responses: On occasion.
Total Responses: 140.
Average Time per Response: Employers will take four hours to
generate, develop, and maintain a written plan for transporting
vertically coupled containers in a terminal.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 560.
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 (Docket No. OSHA-2011-0066) for the ICR. 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 October 3, 2014.
Assistant Secretary of Labor, for Occupational Safety and Health.
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