[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 119 (Wednesday, June 20, 2018)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-13280]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
29 CFR Part 1926
Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Qualification
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of public comment
SUMMARY: On May 21, 2018, OSHA published a notice of proposed
rulemaking (NPRM) titled ``Cranes and Derricks in Construction:
Operator Qualification.'' The period for submitting public comments is
being extended by 15 days to allow parties affected by the rule
additional time to review the proposed rule and collect information and
data necessary for comment.
DATES: Comments: The comment period for the proposed rule published in
the Federal Register on May 21, 2018 (83 FR 23534), is extended. Submit
comments to the proposed rule, including comments to the information
collection requirements (described under the section titled ``Agency
Determinations''), hearing requests, and other information by July 5,
2018. All submissions must bear a postmark or provide other evidence of
the date submitted.
ADDRESSES: Submit comments, hearing requests, and other material,
identified by Docket No. OSHA-2007-0066, using any of the following
Electronically: Submit comments and attachments, as well as hearing
requests and other information, electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. This docket may
include several Federal Register notices for active rulemakings;
therefore it is necessary to select the correct notice, or its ID
number, to submit comments for this rulemaking. After accessing the
docket (OSHA-2007-0066), check the ``proposed rule'' box in the column
headed ``Document Type,'' find the document posted on the date of
publication of this document, and click the ``Submit a Comment'' link.
Additional instructions for submitting comments are available on the
Facsimile: OSHA allows facsimile transmission of comments that are
ten pages or fewer in length (including attachments). Fax these
documents to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648. OSHA does not
require submission of hard copies of these documents. For additional
attachments that supplement comments submitted by facsimile (e.g.,
studies, journal articles), commenters must submit these attachments to
the OSHA Docket Office, Technical Data Center, Room N-3653, OSHA, U.S.
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20210.
These attachments must clearly identify the sender's name, the date,
subject, and the docket number (OSHA-2007-0066).
Regular mail, express delivery, hand delivery, and messenger
(courier) service: Submit comments and any additional material to the
OSHA Docket Office, RIN No. 1218-AC86, Technical Data Center, Room N-
3653, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW,
Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-2350, TTY number: (877) 889-
5627. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about security
procedures concerning delivery of materials by express delivery, hand
delivery, and messenger service. The Docket Office will accept
deliveries (express delivery, hand delivery, messenger service) during
the Docket Office's normal business hours, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET.
Information Collection Requirements: OSHA welcomes comments on the
information collection requirements contained in this rule on the same
basis as for any other aspect of the rule. Interested parties may also
submit comments about the information collection requirements directly
to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk
Officer for DOL-OSHA (RIN 1218-AC96), Office of Management and Budget,
Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503, Fax: (202) 395-
6881 (this is not a toll-free number), email:
OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. See Paperwork Reduction Act section of
this preamble for particular areas of interest.
Instructions: All submissions must include the agency's name, the
title of the rulemaking (Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator
Qualification), and the docket number (OSHA-2007-0066). Absent
copyright protections or other restrictions, OSHA will place comments
and other material, including any personal information, in the public
docket without revision, and the comments and other material will be
available online at http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, commenters
should not submit statements they do not want made available to the
public, or submit comments that contain personal information (either
about themselves or others) such as Social Security Numbers, birth
dates, and medical data.
Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the
electronic docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or to the OSHA
Docket Office at the above address. Some information submitted (e.g.,
copyrighted material) is not available publicly to read or download
through this website. All submissions, including copyrighted material,
are available for inspection at the OSHA Docket Office. Contact the
OSHA Docket Office for assistance in locating docket submissions.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
General information and press inquiries: Mr. Frank Meilinger, OSHA
Office of Communications; telephone: (202) 693-1999; email:
Technical inquiries: Mr. Vernon Preston, Directorate of
Construction; telephone: (202) 693-2020; fax: (202) 693-1689; email:
Copies of this Federal Register notice and news releases:
Electronic copies of these documents are available at OSHA's web page
I. Extension of the Comment Period
On May 21, 2018, OSHA published a NPRM titled ``Cranes and Derricks
in Construction: Operator Qualification'' (83 FR 23534). In the NPRM,
OSHA proposed to amend 29 CFR part 1926, subpart CC, to revise sections
that address crane operator training, certification/licensing, and
competency. The purpose of these amendments are to: require
comprehensive training of operators; remove certification by capacity
from certification requirements; clarify and permanently extend the
employer duty to evaluate potential operators for their ability to
safely operate equipment covered by subpart CC; and require
documentation of that evaluation.
The public comment period for this NPRM was to conclude on June 20,
2018, 30 days after publication of the NPRM. However, OSHA received
requests from stakeholders for an extension of the public comment
period (OSHA-2007-0066-0683 and -0693). These requests state that,
given the complexity and significance of this NPRM, more time for
submitting comments was necessary to gather information from members of
the organizations and develop meaningful comments.
OSHA agrees to an extension and believes that a 15 day extension of
the public comment period is a sufficient amount of time to address
these concerns in light of the short period of time remaining before
the deadline for crane operator certification. Therefore, the public
comment period will now conclude July 5, 2018. Comments can be
submitted by following the procedures listed under ADDRESSES section of
List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 1926
Certification, Construction industry, Cranes, Derricks,
Occupational safety and health, Qualification, Safety, Training.
Signed at Washington, DC, on June 15, 2018.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2018-13280 Filed 6-15-18; 4:15 pm]
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