[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 80 (Friday, April 24, 2020)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-08771]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2010-0041]
Logging Operations Standard; Extension of the Office of
Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of the Information Collection
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
ACTION: Request for public comments.
SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning the proposal to
extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the
collection of information contained in the Logging Operations Standard.
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
June 23, 2020.
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-2010-0041,
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of
Labor, Room N-3653, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210.
Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, and courier service) are
accepted during the OSHA Docket Office's normal business hours, 10:00
a.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET.
Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and the
OSHA docket number (OSHA-2010-0041) for the Information Collection
Request (ICR). All comments, including any personal information you
provide, such as social security number and date of birth, 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 above address. 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 website. All submissions,
including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and
copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also contact Theda Kenney at
(202) 693-2222 to obtain a copy of the ICR.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theda Kenney or Seleda Perryman,
Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor,
telephone (202) 693-2222.
The Department of Labor, as part of the 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 collection of
information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (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 (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 OSHA to 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 said
information (29 U.S.C. 657).
The collection of information contained in the Logging Operations
Standard are necessary to reduce workers' risk of death or serious
by requiring employers to assure that operating and maintenance
instructions are available on machines or in the area where the machine
is operated. For vehicles, employers must assure that operating and
maintenance instructions are available for each vehicle.
Maintenance and Operating Instructions (Sec. Sec. 1910.266(f)(1)(iii)
Under paragraph (f)(1)(iii) and (g)(3) of the Standard, employers
must assure that operating and maintenance instructions are available
on machines or in the area where the machine is being operated, and in
vehicles. For those machines with no operating instructions in the cab,
the employer will be required to obtain and retain a manual within the
immediate work area for each machine. Because the Logging Operations
final rule has been in effect since 1995, OSHA assumes that all
employers are in compliance with the provision to have operating and
maintenance instructions available on machines or in the area where the
machines are being operated.
Certification of Training (Sec. 1910.266(i)(10)(i) and (i)(10)(ii))
Paragraph (i)(10)(i) requires employers to certify in writing that
a worker/supervisor received the training the Standard requires. Under
paragraph (i)(10)(ii), employers need only maintain the most recent
certification for training that a worker/supervisor has received.
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
cost) 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 Action
OSHA is requesting that OMB extend the approval of the information
collection requirements contained in the Logging Operations Standard
(29 CFR 1910.266). Based on updated County Business Pattern data, the
agency found that the number of establishments increased from 7,908 to
8,076, as well as the number of workers from 49,649 to 50,188. However,
OSHA is requesting an adjustment decrease in the number of burden hours
for the information collection requirements in the Standard from 1,603
hours to 1,507 hours for a total decrease of 96 burden hours. The
decrease is due to the agency's use of a new method for rounding burden
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
Title: Logging Operations Standard (29 CFR 1910.266).
OMB Control Number: 1218-0198.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
Number of Respondents: 8,076.
Number of Responses: 50,996.
Frequency of Responses: On occasion.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,507 hours.
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-2010-0041). 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.
Due to 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 their 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 publically available to read or download through this
All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available for
inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office. Information on using
the http://www.regulations.gov website to submit comments and access
the docket is available at the website's ``User Tips'' link. Contact
the OSHA Docket Office for information about materials not available
through the website, and for assistance in using the internet to locate
V. Authority and Signature
Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy 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 April 20, 2020.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety
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